Andy Allen.The Maitland Mustangs will be looking to the winning habits of one of their teammates away from the court to inspire them in their hunt to revitalise their season.

Maitland have lost five of their last six games and travel to Sydney to take on Manly-Warringah on Saturday night after slipping outside the top six and are now in danger of missing out on the play offs.

But coach Luke Boyle is hoping their point guard Andy Allen’s success in becoming Australia’s latest MasterChef can arouse his players to end their slump.

“It’s quite an achievement for him, but it sums up Andy’s attitude towards everything,” Boyle said.

“As he said himself, no one would have picked him to win it at the start but he worked hard and got himself a massive win.

“That’s what he does, he persists and persists and persists until he gets the job done.”

While Boyle would love to

have Allen back on deck for the Mustangs charge toward the post season, he was realistic in his chances.

“It’s going to be hard, we’d love to have him back because at his best he’s probably the best point guard in the league,” Boyle said.

“To get him back would be a boost but with his responsibilities I’d say it’s a fairly slim chance, but there’s no doubt that he’s always welcome.”

Maitland will also be without Keiran Gleeson and JJ O’Brien for Saturday night’s road trip, with Boyle expecting to blood some younger players from the Mustangs State League team.

Tip off is at 6pm.

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