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Cowboys centre Kane Linnett hopes to stay at North Queensland for the remainder of his NRL career.

The late team changes and injury news heading into the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership preliminary finals.


Sharks: Will line up 1-17, with Sharks coach Shane Flanagan confirming skipper Paul Gallen will be fit to take his place in the side on Friday night. 

"Gal's been fine since last Friday," Flanagan said.

"He would have been pushing to play if we had to play last week. He had a really good session on Friday and then another good one on Sunday. There's no problem there at all."

Joseph Paulo (knee) and Sam Tagataese (shoulder) are highly unlikely to return despite training during the week

Cowboys: Set to be unchanged, with Kane Linnett likely to be passed fit after being named on Tuesday.

"He's had a number of different boxes he's had to tick along the way," Cowboys coach Paul Green said on Thursday.

"The last one will be this afternoon with full training with the team. Hopefully we expect him to get through that and he'll be right."

Updated 1.55pm: North Queensland NYC star Kalyn Ponga has not been named in the Cowboys' Holden Cup side to take on the Panthers in their preliminary final at Allianz Stadium. If Kane Linnett is out, Ponga is likely to play on the wing against the Sharks with Javid Bowen moving to centre.


Storm: No late changes expected, with Matt White and Felise Kaufusi set to drop off the extended bench named on Tuesday.

Raiders: Should be as per program, with both Josh Hodgson and Blake Austin again fit to play after coming through their side's semi-final win over the Panthers relatively unscathed. 

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