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Kimmorley cool with new Shark Stuart

By Adrian Proszenko 04/10/2006 05:52:26 PM Comments (0)

Cronulla captain Brett Kimmorley has broken his silence over Ricky Stuart's appointment as coach of the NRL club, declaring the two will have no problems working together next season.

Speaking for the first time since national coach Stuart joined the Sharks a fortnight ago, Kimmorley even claimed the move could fast track his return to the Test arena.

"Obviously, I've got no problem playing here and look forward to playing under him," Kimmorley told AAP.

"I haven't had a one-on-one meeting, we had a club meeting last week and it was fine.

"Certainly I'm happy with him being there and I think he would be good for the club.

"If we can do what he said at the meeting last week I think the club is in a position to go forward.

"He said he was really excited about the challenge, living in the area and building this club into a better club."

The former Australian No.7 said Stuart's involvement at the Sharks could improve his chances of Kangaroos selection.

"I'd love to play more rep games, yeah," he said.

"You've got to play great footy to play in rep games and hopefully, with him being coach here we can achieve that next year."

There were concerns Stuart's arrival at the Sharks as Stuart Raper's replacement could force Kimmorley out of the Shire club.

The pair had a public falling out following the first State of Origin game last year - when Stuart was NSW coach - after Kimmorley threw an intercept pass to Matt Bowen in golden point to gift Queensland the game.

Stuart allegedly guaranteed Kimmorley his place for the second match but dropped him from the side.

But Kimmorley downplayed talk of a rift and pledged his allegiance to the Sharks for the final year of his contract.

"I'm definitely contracted, yeah, I've got one year to go and will fulfill my duties as contracted."

Asked about their fallout last year, Kimmorley said: "That was in the past so I will leave it there."

Stuart addressed Sharks players for the first time last Friday to outline his vision for the club. While Kimmorley wanted to keep the specifics of the meeting "in-house", he said the players responded positively to the premiership-winning mentor.

"I think he's proven himself at the clubs he's been in the past," Kimmorley said.

"That's the way the (Sharks) want to head and they believe he will take them to the next level.

"He's also mentioned how he's excited about making this club into a super club.

"If we are able to achieve what they're trying to achieve, we'll reach great levels."

The 30-year-old was hopeful of continuing his halves combination with pivot Adam Dykes, despite their poor playing record together and the arrival of half Brett Seymour at the club.

"I think we are both good players," he said of his partnership with Dykes.

"Seymour has joined the club and Adam and I are the incumbents.

"I'm not going to speculate over on what positions Ricky will play us, but I certainly enjoy playing with Adam and hopefully he enjoys playing with me.

"We all start from scratch under a new coach."

Kimmorley, who insisted there was "no need" for a one-on-one chat to clear the air with Stuart, said the Sharks were desperate to make the finals last year after a 10-game losing streak prematurely ended their 2006 campaign.

"As players you want to make the grand final and win it," he said.

"We were great for the majority of the year and we just lost our confidence and belief in ourselves.

"Semi-finals is what it's all about and obviously our goal next season is to get there.

"We need to make sure we don't get in a position where we lose so many games in a row."

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