Rumour mill in overdrive
By MITCHELL DALE
THE VB Group 2 Rugby League rumour mill has been working overtime, churning out more stories than Dr Seuss.
The epic Macksville-Port Macquarie grand final was less than a month ago, but already tales have surfaced about who is going where in 2005.
Here at the Coffs Coast Advocate, we enlisted the services of a spy who dug around and uncovered some of the latest silly season rumours.
And there were some beauties among them.
Heading the list is a story suggesting sacked South Sydney mentor Paul Langmack will make a return to coaching with Orara Valley.
However, former Axemen captain-coach Matt Donovan was also rumoured to be going back to Coramba, although he and Matt Bye have been linked to Woolgoolga as well.
So where does this leave Orara's 2004 captain-coach Brad Hart?
Apparently Hart could be wearing the red, yellow and white of Coffs Harbour next year if the rumours are to be believed.
Langmack isn't the only former NRL identity whispered to be joining a Group 2 club in 2005.
Throughout the year, Scott Sattler has been linked to Sawtell, John Cross to Woolgoolga, Brandon Costin to about half a dozen clubs and Matt Parsons to Bellingen.
The Parsons rumour was an interesting one.
When quizzed about a possible tie with Bellingen during his recent trip to Dorrigo with Channel nine's Footy Show, Parsons offered a wry grin.
"I saw that in Rugby League Week actually, but that was the first I had heard of it," Parsons said.
"I don't even know anyone from Bellingen and haven't spoken to anyone from Bellingen, so I don't know where that started from.
"But I definitely won't be playing there next year."
Captain-coaches Lee Harvey (Woolgoolga) and Trent McKeough (Port Macquarie) could also be on the move.
Harvey has been connected with a number of clubs, including Coffs Harbour and Nambucca Heads, while McKeough has reportedly signed with a Queensland Cup side.
Coffs Harbour captain Gavin Galvin could be headed to Group 1, while a stack of young Comets are said to be contemplating a move elsewhere.
But it doesn't stop there.
Our spy also told us Pope John Paul II was keen on captain-coaching Nambucca, but Roosters officials informed him they were quite happy with Mark Morrison.
Having heard this news, Macleay Valley apparently put a call through to the Vatican, but the Pope was only interested in coaching the Roosters.
There are sure to be plenty of other stories coming through before the start of the season.
How many of them will prove to be accurate?
We'll know in about five months.