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Maguire happy with Souths' progress

South Sydney coach Michael Maguire says he's pleased with the progress his NRL side are making after 10 games in charge, but urged the club's success-starved fans to keep their feet on the ground.
Maguire happy with Souths' progress
by NRL

By Ian McCullough

SYDNEY, May 19 AAP - South Sydney coach Michael Maguire says he's pleased with the progress his NRL side are making after 10 games in charge, but urged the club's success-starved fans to keep their feet on the ground.

Victory over St George Illawarra on Sunday could potentially catapult Souths into a top-four spot on the ladder with signs that the quietly-spoken Maguire is living up to the lofty reputation he had before his arrival at Redfern.

Despite being without red-hot Queensland duo David Taylor and Greg Inglis, the Rabbitohs head to Kogarah with Nathan Merritt restored to fullback and a fully-fit Sam Burgess ready to lead the forward pack.

Souths have made the finals once in 23 seasons, and that was five years ago, but the club are making solid headway under Maguire and Craig Bellamy's former assistant coach at Melbourne is confident there's a lot more to come from his side.

"We're happy, but we also see there is a lot of improvement in us," Maguire said.

"The best part from a coach's point of view is that the players realise that. It's now our job to identify areas we need to improve on so we can keep moving forward as a side."

Merritt impressed towards the latter end of last season in the No.1 jersey, at one point scoring five tries in one game against Parramatta, and Maguire admits he's fortunate to have a top-quality replacement for Maroons star Inglis.

"To be able to bring Nathan in at fullback shows the depth we have," Maguire said.

"Last year the way he finished the comp he was one of the form fullbacks and he did a lot of work in the pre-season and I think he is looking forward to getting out there and running around."

Maguire will also hand young winger Justin Hunt his NRL debut after showing good form in the NSW Cup for Souths' feeder club the North Sydney Bears.

Hunt, who can also play five-eighth, is the second top scorer in the competition with 11 tries and 35 goals in just seven games since moving from Queensland Cup side Redcliffe Dolphins at the start of the year.

"I like his all-round game and he has a good footy brain and is an outstanding kicker," Maguire said.

"He's come down from Queensland Cup and I had a good feeling about him and he's worked hard and deserves his shot in the NRL."




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