NRL News: Griffin defiant amid axing calls, Bennett to retire with Woolf as successor, Dogs close to Ciraldo
Dragons coach Anthony Griffin is remaining defiant as speculation swirls about his future saying he “wouldn’t be standing here” if he didn’t think he could get the team back to being a premiership force. The veteran coach fronted the media after the team’s captain’s run for Friday night’s clash with Manly at Kogarah after reports surfaced that the board was monitoring the coaching situation following heavy defeats to Brisbane and the Roosters. St George Illawarra were eighth two weeks ago but have slumped to 11th and look like missing out on the playoffs.
Carlton coach Michael Voss is hoping Jack Silvangi's surprise axing will push the versatile Blues tall to become better.
"It's pretty clear that we've decided to play the two rucks, and that means one of them (Tom De Koning or Pittonet) is going to have to spend more time forward," Voss told reporters on Friday.
"There was obvious disappointment (from Silvangi).
"Whenever you talk to a player saying they're not in the team, there's obvious disappointment.
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"But he appreciates that we're in a healthy position and hopefully in our experience, it pushes people to be better again."
The clash with the struggling Crows is a crucial one for Carlton to ensure they lock in a finals berth for the first time since 2013.
The seventh-placed Blues face top-four teams the Brisbane Lions, Melbourne and Collingwood in their final three home-and-away season matches.
A win against Adelaide will all but guarantee Carlton's place in September, ending almost a decade of torment for Blues faithful.
It is possible Carlton could jump inside the top-four by the end of this weekend, but could be in danger of missing the finals altogether should they be upset by the Crows.
"It's really difficult for me to speculate on other years: I've only got this year to work with," Voss said.
"We also know there's another level we can go to.
If we're able to find that, we can challenge any opposition… we've still got a fair bit of work to do as a footy team."
Leicester reject Chelsea's opening £60m bid for centre-back Fofana .
ADRIAN KAJUMBA AND TOM COLLOMOSSE: Chelsea have firmed up their interest with an approach for Fofana who currently tops their list of centre-back targets and are also working to bring in a new striker with former Arsenal man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang one name in the frame.Leicester have knocked back Chelsea's offer, with boss Brendan Rodgers insisting three times on Monday that Fofana was not for sale. The Leicester boss has held talks with his star centre-back amid the Blues' interest.