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Sandow would relish Bennett at Souths

Ian McCullough 02/04/2011 12:46:07 PM Comments (0)

South Sydney halfback Chris Sandow admits he'd love the chance to work under Wayne Bennett next year.

The seven-time premiership-winning coach announced this week he will leave St George Illawarra at the end of the season and Souths are desperate to sign him as a replacement for John Lang who will stand down at the end of this campaign.

The Rabbitohs face tough competition from newly cashed-up Newcastle and Brisbane for Bennett's services, but Sandow would relish the opportunity to learn from the 61-year-old.

"Langy is doing a great job at the moment, and I am not sure what is happening with him," Sandow said.

"It would be great to have him (Bennett) here at Souths and I am sure I would learn a lot off him, but that sort of thing isn't down to me, I just need to keep doing what I am doing."

Sandow produced his best display of the season in Souths' nailbiting 32-30 win over Manly on Friday, and the 22-year-old paid credit to the contribution of Lang in improving his game.

"I felt I did a few things right for the team tonight," said Sandow, who was impressive in attack and showed great improvement in his much-maligned defensive game.

"I have sat down and taken on board things that Langy has said to me.

"I am still a young bloke and I am still learning things, and at the moment I am working hard in training to make sure I am right for the weekend."

Lang was pleased with Sandow's performance and revealed the young Queenslander had been doing extra work in training to improve his game.

"Chris has been playing well in attack but his defence has been too hit and miss he's been going for too many of those stupid shoulder charges," Lang said.

"Tonight he had half a go at one, but I thought he did a lot of good tackling, but he has to keep doing that and getting in the habit of doing that.

"He's actually quite a good little tackler, he will get in and dive in and make your classic rugby league tackle, but he has to keep doing that, but habits are often hard to change.

"He has a terrific instinct for the game and if he prepares really well and trains well, which he has been over the last six weeks, and doing extras, then he will keep getting better."

Sandow is off-contract at the end of the season and is hopeful the club will offer him a new deal to stay at the club.

"If I continue to play well then I am sure Souths will look after me, but I am not too worried at the moment about it," he said.

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