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Norman's deal extended to 2012

By Wayne Heming 21/07/2010 01:26:16 PM Comments (0)

While Brisbane continue to close in on the signature of NRL superstar Greg Inglis they have been watchful that one of their most exciting young talents doesn't escape their clutches.

With all eyes fixed on Brisbane's daring bid to secure Inglis from Melbourne, the Broncos have not neglected their own backyard with highly-rated teenager Corey Norman re-signing until 2012 this week.

Norman's signing is viewed by some as being as important as the prized signature of Queensland and Australian centre Inglis.

He is seen as the man to step into skipper Darren Lockyer's No.6 jumper once he decides it's time to call it quits.

Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak revealed a long-term plan earlier this month to groom the Redcliffe junior to take over the jumper that has belonged to such greats as Wally Lewis, Kevin Walters and Lockyer for well over 300 games.

"He's definitely a long-term hopeful for the five-eighth job - he's a hopeful for a lot of positions, he's got so much talent," Henjak told AAP.

"I honestly don't know how long Darren is going to be around for, but Corey is definitely one player we've got in mind for that position.

"He's still got a lot to learn - but who better to learn off but one of the best."

A product of Keebra Park High which has a history of producing some outstanding rugby league talent, Norman is a laid back teenager who takes things in his stride.

He is aware of the talk of him taking over Lockyer's position but is happy to continue learning his trade playing under 20s, although he has played 10 first grade game for Brisbane.

"I'm just thinking about getting a spot in the team," Norman said when asked about the prospect of one day wearing the jumper of his idol growing up.

"It would be nice, awesome. Obviously it's my goal to play five-eighth for the Broncos."

In his two-season reign as head coach, Henjak has done a wonderful job along with former under-20s coach Anthony Griffin of promoting the young talent within the club and rewarding them with upgraded deals.

"Looking at them (young players) the other day I was having flashbacks to them playing under-20s, but some are getting close to that magical 50-game mark which puts them in the good NRL category," said Henjak on Tuesday.

"That's been a real positive that we have been able to do that in two years, and we will be better for it next year."

Meanwhile Brisbane are quietly confident the Inglis deal will gather some momentum in the next 24 to 48 hours with the Storm expected to meet with the NRL over their offer and how it will all work under the salary cap.

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