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THURSDAY JULY 16 2020 SPORT 33 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Cowboys to give Green new sidekick PETER BADEL COWBOYS bosses are backing under-fire mentor Paul Green and will begin exploring the NRL coaching market to give him more assistance to haul North Queensland out of its form crisis. News Corp Australia can reveal the Cowboys hierarchy is hunting for an assistant to provide Green with more manpower, as the head coach fights to avoid missing the finals for the third consecutive season. Green heads into this Sundays clash against high-flying Penrith at Panthers Stadium having won 20 of his past 57 games. Thats a 35 per cent win record since he steered the Cowboys to the 2017 grand final an identical figure to Steve Kearneys career success rate, which triggered his sacking at the Warriors last month. But the Cowboys are determined not to jettison Green, with the North Queensland board reluctant to entertain the prospect of a $1 millionplus payout for the coach who delivered the clubs maiden premiership in 2015. Instead, Cowboys powerbrokers are assessing ways to help Green, and one solution is beefing up one of the most underrated facets of the NRLs modern era a head coachs team of assistants. Green is happy with his current right-hand man, Josh Hannay, but was rocked by the departure of his other key staffer, David Fairleigh, who quit on the eve of the premiership in February to take up a role at the NRL. That has left a void in the clubs coaching ranks. The NRL has many quality assistants, including Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), David Furner (Newcastle), Jason Ryles (Storm), Shane Flanagan (Dragons) and Jason Demetriou (Souths). NATHAN Cleary says in-demand coach Trent Barrett has given the Panthers the foundation to help revolutionise the teams attack. While Barrett continues to be hotly pursued by the Bulldogs to take on the vacant head coaching job next season and beyond, the Panthers players are enjoying what Barrett is bringing to the club, even if they are resigned to the former Paix cooks up plans to tame Tiger PETER BADEL BRONCOS rookie Cory Paix has turned to studying footage of Test rake Damien Cook in a bid to fight fire with fire when he tackles Wests Tigers young gun Harry Grant tomorrow night. Grant is the Tigers flavour of the month and Brisbanes hooking alliance of Issac Luke and Paix are under pressure to outpoint the Queensland Origin hopeful in their crucial Round 10 clash at Leichhardt Oval. Paix was originally a fiveeighth or halfback in his junior representative days. But since being graded by the Broncos, coach Anthony Seibold has converted him into a hooker, believing his pace and vision can be handy around the rucks. We all know Harry is a great player, Paix said. We will be on our game this week to shut him down. Now that Im at (hooker) I look to a guy like Damien Cook. Broncos hooker Cory Paix is looking forward to taking on fellow Queenslander and Tigers star Harry Grant at Leichhardt Oval tomorrow night. Picture: Albert Perez/Getty Images Dont go, Baz: Cleary Star says in-demand coach Barrett has given Panthers new bite MICHAEL CARAYANNIS Manly coach exiting at some stage. I wish he wouldnt go, Cleary said. I have a good relationship with Baz (Barrett). He has a great footy mind. He would make a great coach. We will just have to see what happens. I would love him to stay. He has given us a foun dation. We love having Baz around. He has helped me so much. To lose someone like him would be a big loss to our team. He is easy to get along with. He has a super smart footy brain and is good to work with. Barrett arrived for a second stint at the Panthers during the last off-season. The last time the coach was at the Panthers, Cleary was just a teenager rising through the ranks. When I first worked with him, it was a long time ago, Cleary said. It was more a halfback academy. I was never coached by him. We were doing fundamental and tempo stuff. Now he has come back in a coaching aspect. He has been massive for me. He has given me a great deal of confidence. Barrett has not been alone in helping ignite Penriths attack. The return of Api Koroisau plus the emergence of Stephen Crichton and Jarome Luai have also sparked a Pen rith side which is averaging seven points more a game than last year. It was always there, Cleary said. We had the players to do it. We had a few different players come in. Were finding the right mix. (Barrett) has given us some foundations to build off. It has suited our team. We still have a long way to go. Baz has been a massive asset. We built a race predictor, so you didnt have to build a race predictor. Think! About your choices. 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