Sheffield Eagles’ coach Mark Aston is backing Menzie Yere to be in the Papua New Guinea squad for the RL World Cup.
The powerful centre can win games, says Aston who will take charge of Ireland in the competition being played in England and Wales this autumn.
“Can he score a full-length try? Yes. Can he score a try from two yards out? Yes. Menzie can have an impact” said Aston.
“If I was PNG coach I’d be looking at him because when it’s a close game people like him can win it for you.”
Yere is having his best season for the Championship leaders setting a new individual try-scoring record with 38.
He was a star for PNG in the 2008 World Cup and ferocious tackling in the Four Nations three years later earned him the nickname ‘Jukebox’ – because he has all the big hits. Yere has been with the Eagles since 2009 and faces competition for a place in the PNG squad from players plying their trade in Australia.
“Menzie did enough to get in the squad in 2008 and I think he’s got better,” said Aston “He’s scoring more tries and he’s playing at a higher level. He’s stronger, more mature.” Yere will be out to add to his try total when the Eagles travel to Dewsbury on Sunday having scored a hat-trick against the Rams earlier in the season.