King on wing for Sing?



SYDNEY, AAP - Melbourne centre Matt King is firming as a bolter for the Anzac Test with North Queensland winger Matt Sing poised to confirm his representative rugby league retirement.

Sing has told Cowboys officials he has no plans to extend his Test career, which stretches back a decade.

"We will draft a letter up and send it to (Australian Rugby League chief executive) Geoff Carr this week," North Queensland football manager Peter Parr said.

That leaves a spot open on the wing opposite incumbent Luke Rooney, who missed his club's loss to Parramatta on Friday night but is expected to be back next weekend.

King, formerly of Casino, looms as a possible replacement for Sing despite playing in the centres with the Storm.

The 24-year-old Country Origin representative was outstanding in Melbourne's 50-4 win over Brisbane on Sunday, scoring two tries and tormenting Broncos centre Brent Tate.

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy, the assistant coach to Wayne Bennett with the Test team, said King was up to playing Test football.

However, he noted national selectors had a tendency to pick players who had played in the State of Origin series - King hasn't.

"I think they have had a policy before you played in the Tests, before you played for Australia, they wanted you to play Origin," Bellamy said.

"I don't know whether that is a written rule.

"His performances this year have been excellent. He was great again last night." Bellamy said the former Lismore Marist Brothers centre would handle the step up to international football.

"He certainly wouldn't let anyone down," he said. "He proved last year he can handle wing as well. He wouldn't be out of place there."

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