Salford fears over Myler
McRae calls for a quick decision from the England scrum-half
Last Updated: June 20, 2009 10:29am
Myler: Meteoric rise
Salford coach Shaun McRae believes Richie Myler is suffering because of the uncertainty surrounding his future and wants to find a quick resolution.
The 19-year-old has been offered a lucrative new deal at Salford after starring in England's 66-12 victory over France last weekend, scoring a record 30 points.
But with other clubs also sniffing around, McRae feels the youngster's game is suffering.
He was far from his best in the Reds' 14-12 Super League defeat at Hull on Friday night and McRae acknowledges as much.
"I think he was a bit flat and I half thought about not playing him this week," said McRae.
"He came back from that Test last week and he's getting attention for the right reasons and he's getting attention for what's happening off the field.
"He looked a little flat in the first part of the week. I don't think he was poor, I just thought he was a bit flat.
"He just looked a little bit out of sorts and it's something we'll have to continually assess. He's under a fair bit of pressure at the moment for a young man and maybe something will sort itself out in a short space of time."
It is believed Warrington, who are expected to part company with scrum-half Michael Monaghan at the end of the season, are leading the chase for Myler.
And McRae is keen to get a decision as soon as possible because, he says, a long wait could be damaging for all concerned.
"Let's make a decision and respond accordingly," he said. "I can only state what I've said all the time - Richard is part of the club, he's signed until the end of next season, he's just been made a tremendous offer which indicates how much we value him and indicates how much we want to build a team around him.
"It's not going to go away until Richard either says 'yes' or, in the worse-case scenario, and he says 'thanks but no thanks' and then we have to respond.
"But it's not easy. He's been courted because he's a gifted player. He's a talent in the game we've all seen come along very quickly.
"It doesn't surprise me he gets this attention and it doesn't surprise me the situation we're in. What we have to do is deal with it very quickly for the sake of us and Richard.
"I think, if I was in that situation as a young boy, I reckon I'd be losing some sleep. I don't think he's absolutely settled."