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Gidley wants trophy to share with Bedsy

By Todd Balym 29/06/2008 03:59:49 PM Comments (0)

NSW utility Kurt Gidley says winning a State of Origin series alongside club captain Danny Buderus would be the highlight of his football career.

The Newcastle pair form a deadly combination at club level spanning over eight seasons but Wednesday's Origin decider stands as perhaps their last chance of claiming silverware to match their golden efforts.

With Buderus retiring from rep football at the end of the year to finish his career in England and the Knights sitting outside the top eight, Gidley is determined to share at least an Origin trophy with his close friend.

"It would probably be one of the greatest achievements I could have," said Gidley when asked what it would mean to win a series with Buderus.

"To say I won a series and to play it with Bedsy in his last one, it would be something I could look back on and be really proud of but there's plenty of hard work to get that.

"I know he is going to be fired up and ready to rip in."

It's a common theme among the NSW players, a desire to send their inspirational captain out of Origin football with a fitting finale.

Buderus hasn't missed an Origin since making his debut in 2002, his first three campaigns ending in series wins including the last two as captain.

Should he win on Wednesday night he will join Laurie Daley as the only NSW captains to win three series.

Centre Matt Cooper, who along with Buderus is one of the only five NSW players to have lifted an Origin trophy, says sending Buderus out in style is a motivating factor for the Blues.

"Bedsy has been a great player for NSW and every time on the paddock he gives 100 per cent and has been one of our best players this year," said Cooper.

"Definitely all the boys will be trying to do it for Bedsy, that is for sure."

Gidley shapes as one of the NSW players that could spark the Blues to victory, with his injection of enthusiasm and elusive skill off the bench a key weapon in Origin football.

He played five-eighth off the bench in Origin II but knows he's likely to have more of a roving role in attack this time around with Braith Anasta set to play the full 80 minutes in his return.

Gidley says its imperative he doesn't over-play his hand as he felt guilty of doing in Brisbane.

"I think that's probably what I did a couple of times in the second one which I won't be doing this one," said Gidley.

"I think I have to come in and do the things I do well at club level and not try and have that miracle play."

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