Haynes mindful of future games
ROCKHAMPTON'S Tyron Haynes has ruled himself out of the Australian Junior Kangaroos under-19 team.
Haynes, 19, was the only player selected outside the NRL for Australia's matches against Papua New Guinea in Darwin on Saturday and New Zealand A in Sydney on October 15.
However, a knee injury sustained in last month's Central Queensland Extended League under-19 grand final has kept the future star out of action.
The Comets QR Development Squad captain said he had been advised by a Brisbane specialist to rest the knee indefinitely or risk further damage.
"I don't need any surgery, but it will only heal itself with rest,'' said Haynes, who represented the Queensland under-19 team during this year's State of Origin series.
While in Brisbane last week, Haynes also caught up with Broncos coach Wayne Bennett.
"He's been trying to catch up with me and it was just basically to let me know that they were interested after next year,'' he said.
The in-demand lock/centre will play for the Comets in the Queensland Cup next season before making his rise to the NRL.