The nephew of former league star Ivan, Matt Henjack looks set for NRL action after the Western Force badboy has given the Australian Rugby Union no option but to kick him out after several high level misdemeanors.
A talented half, many believe that Henjack could make a huge impact in the Rugby League game. Creative and crafty, he should revel under the free flowing game of league and behind some strong forwards he will get plenty of room to show his wares.
It seems the Canberra Raiders are keen to snare the Queanbeyan-born boy as Penrith and former Raiders coach Matt Elliott do everything they can to drag Todd Carney out of the nations capital. The rumor mill has been in overdrive for 12 months regarding Elliott snaring Carney for his struggling Panthers outfit; many believing the Gower departure was the perfect foundation for the Raider half to slot into the Penrith side.
Interestingly the Raiders felt Henjack may suit a hooking role at their club also; a surprising comment given the size and skill of the Rugby Half. Henjack should certainly be given a go at 6 or 7 first before being thrown into the lions den at hooker.
The addition of Henjack would be a great coup for the Raiders, if they could hang on to Carney and get Henjack on the books their future would certainly look brighter. The two young guns could potentially form a lethal combination and get Canberra back on track again, giving the side a chance at finals football once more.
Regardless of the club chosen and the past problems, Matt Henjack will certainly be a solid League player that should grow quickly under the structure of the NRL game.