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Tonie Carroll to retire from NRL

Tonie Carroll to retire from Origin in 2008Has Tonie Carroll picked the right time? The Broncos and Queensland Origin hardman, has announced he will not play State of Origin in 2008 and will retire from NRL duties at the end of this year.

It’s been an interesting journey for Carroll. While always being close to Queenslanders hearts, the experienced Carroll has spent time in the UK Super League, played for Australia and even played at International level for the New Zealand Kiwi’s side. Very few can claim such a long list of achiements in Rugby League.

His physical presence alone dominated opposition players; with Carroll regularly driving attackers into the dirt and creating nightmares for his enemies when he had the ball in his hand. It’s easy to see why; the thought of the heavy but mobile Carroll running at you would give anyone night terrors.

While given the task of protecting Darren Lockyer more recently when Lockyer was moved to five eighth, Carroll has taken on a new role of the senior mentor within the Broncos side. His faultless defence and high workrate have regularly helped Brisbane win matches. His change in role has also helped prolong his career, as previously the amount of work in both attack in defence from Carroll would have easily nullified his impact and his longevity.

The problem for Tonie Carroll of late has been the injury factor. Like so many other experienced NRL players; Tonie Carroll just can’t seem to keep his aging body together for long periods. So often his dynamic and exciting work on the NRL field would be punctuated by an agonizing injury and long spell on the sideline. While Wayne Bennett would have not wanted to lose Carroll, surely everyone in the Broncos camp has agreed it’s time to freshen the crop for future years – with Carroll to mentor the juniors this year and put his bulky frame on ice and retire in 2009.

While achieving so much in the game; it would be fitting for the likeable Carroll to end the year on a high note. Certainly a tough ask with Brisbanes green crop of players – however some smart buys at the Broncos might just give Carroll and his team the boost it needs for NRL 2008.

Joey Johns to give Tim Smith the edge

Eels No.7 Tim SmithThe Parramatta Eels have offered troubled halfback Tim Smith the olive branch; allowing the crafty no. 7 back into the squad to resume training.

Smith has not only had to battle the bottle, but is still overcoming his shoulder surgery and hurriedly trying to piece everything together to be ready for 2008. At the insistence of coach Michael Hagan, Joey Johns will remain close to Smith and aid his recovery on top of teaching the promising half the finer tricks of the trade.

The private battles Andrew Johns fought in his own corner would surely be of help to Tim Smith who at 22 has seen more than most on and off the field. Adding to the chorus of help Tim Smith has had, reformed bad boy Chris Walker has reportedly been in touch with Smith to lend him some advice.

For all his skill, Tim Smith still remains lucky to be at the Eels. While we did feel his initial blow up with a pub patron prior to his suspension from Parramatta was a little blown out of proportion, continued offending has seen the blame keep coming back at Smith.

Well past his last chance, the young halfback obviously needs to really put his best foot forward or risk throwing away what could be a stellar career.