Tim Sheens
"Done deal"

One of the biggest pieces of the NRL coaching jigsaw puzzle looks set to fall into place with Tim Sheens close to finalising a new two-year deal with the Tigers.

The Test coach is a “done deal” at the Tigers with only the terms of his new contract to be decided.

Sheens has been linked with a number of clubs, including the Rabbitohs, and his signature will take one of the game’s biggest coaching names off the market.

In other news, St George Illawarra assistant Steve Price has outlined his ambitions to coach at first-grade level, while World Club Challenge rival Michael Maguire declined to discount himself from returning to the NRL next season.

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Candidates to replace Wayne Bennett at the St George Illawarra Dragons are being thrown up almost daily.

But Price should not be discounted. He led the Dragons to victory in the Charity Shield a fortnight ago and after Bennett’s return to Australia for a family emergency, he will play a key role when the Dragons face Maguire’s Wigan for the title as world’s best club team.

But Maguire, a former Storm assistant, could also catch the coaching merry-go-round. He would be an obvious replacement for Craig Bellamy in Melbourne and mystery surrounds whether his three-year contract at DW Stadium has a get-out clause.