MACQUARIE coach Steve Kidd is confident of retaining Kerrod Holland for next season as the former NRL player makes a positional switch prompted by injury.
Holland has yet to put pen to paper at the Scorpions, who have now re-signed the likes of the Higgins brothers Luke and Liam, Royce Geoffrey, Joe Woodbury and Campbell Sheppard.
The 28-year-old arrived at Lyall Peacock Field for 2021 having finished a 71-game stint with the Canterbury Bulldogs between 2016 and 2020.
Kidd hopes to keep Hollard, who moved from fullback to five-eighth last start, at the club beyond the upcoming finals campaign.
The change in roles came about after recent scans showed more damage than anticipated on Jeremy Gibson's kidney tear from round 14.
Macquarie's No.6 could now be sidelined for the rest of the year with Hollard to partner Andy Sumner in the halves and Fletcher Myers as custodian.
* CLUB Championship is on the agenda for Maitland when they host Central on Saturday.
The Pickers (129) hold an eight-point lead over nearest rivals the Butcher Boys (121) with three rounds remaining in the regular season.
Results from the top three grades - firsts, reserves and under 19s - all count.
* KURRI have added Ben Wyborn (finger) to their casualty ward while captain-coach Mitch Cullen (knee) is an uncertain starter against Lakes at home on Saturday.
* SOUTHS second-rower Jake Lawrence escaped suspension with an early guilty plea for a grade-one dangerous contact charge.
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