Comets likely Magpie nest

By AARON KELLY

SOUTHS Logan Magpies coach Phil Economidis is adamant he is the best man to rescue the struggling Central Comets next season.

On the eve of tomorrow's Queensland Wizard Cup clash between the two clubs in Blackwater, Economidis said he would be ready for the challenge if he replaced departing coach Neale Crow in 2006.

"I've got the track record for turning clubs around ? that's my forte,'' Economidis said.

"It's a different challenge and some blokes are made for that.''

One of the leading candidates to take charge of the Comets next season, Economidis was one of more than 20 applicants from across Queensland, NSW and the north of England for the fulltime position.

Economidis, a former ARL coach of the year with the Gold Coast, said the rumour mill had been in full swing, with speculation former Cowboys coach Murray Hurst and last season's Super League coach of the year Shane McNally were "leading the pack'' for job.

Souths Logan chairman Jim McClelland said Economidis ? born and bred in Biloela ? had done wonders for the Magpies this season.

"If they (Comets) get him, they'll be getting a very professional person,'' McClelland said.

Comets chief executive Jamie Boon said this week the three-man selection panel ? including a representative from NRL feeder club North Queensland ? hoped to make an announcement by today.



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