South Sydney set to clash with the Sydney Roosters in first game of 2014 season.
South Sydney captain John Sutton wants current first-choice halves pairing Adam Reynolds and Dylan Walker – who are each racing to be fit for this Thursday’s season opener against the Roosters – given until the last minute to prove their soundness.
Sutton has spent the off-season training at lock, with Luke Keary primed to start the season at five-eighth partnering Reynolds.
Those plans were cruelled by a torn pectoral suffered by Keary at the Auckland Nines that will keep him out until late in the season.
Another young gun, 19-year-old centre Dylan Walker, has also trained in the halves over the off-season and played there in the Charity Shield.
He was also in electric form with the ball in hand in Auckland after a promising debut year in the NRL in 2013.
However, Sutton said Walker injured a hamstring at training recently and with Reynolds also battling a minor knee injury there is a chance neither will take the field this Thursday, potentially leaving Sutton – who starred in the halves alongside Walker in the side’s 38-20 Charity Shield win over the Dragons – little option but to step in to provide stop-gap cover.