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Holbrook to end campaign at Saints - McManus

30th July 2019, 12:29 by Bobbie Jackson

St Helens’ chairman, Eamonn McManus, is confident Justin Holbrook will stay put until the end of the season.

Holbrook was first linked with a return to the NRL at the start of July and the rumours have intensified over recent weeks.

Gold Coast Titans, who were understood to be one of two sides interested, parted company with Garth Brennan on July 14 and Holbrook emerged as the favourite to replace him.

Canterbury Bulldogs have also been linked but Gold Coast seem to be leading the race for his signature.

Holbrook has built a dominant side this season and Saints look well on track to end the campaign with silverware.

They currently sit top of the Super League table and booked their spot in the Challenge Cup final over the weekend.

McManus is clearly desperate to keep hold of the Australian and has offered him the chance to sign a new contract.

But McManus has eased fears that Holbrook could move on before the currently campaign comes to an end.

McManus said: "Our preference is that Justin stays, and there is a deal on the table, but it is his choice.

"He is absolutely committed to winning trophies with us at the end of the year.

"We gave Justin until the end of this month to make his mind up, so we will find out in the next couple of days.

"We cannot stop him being interviewed because he is off contract at the end of the season. But if he goes, it will be at the end of the year."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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