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Seymour injury blow for Sharks

17/09/2008 11:51:16 PM Comments (0)

Suspended Cronulla pivot Greg Bird said he would "love to play" for the Sharks again this season.

Bird was charged with assaulting his girlfriend and also suspended from playing by the Sharks - but has put his hand up for an unlikely return for the semi-finals.

And with the news that replacement five-eighth Brett Seymour will miss next Friday's preliminary NRL final and is likely to be ruled out for the season - there may yet be pressure on the club to grant Bird's wish.

"I want to play for the team. I want to play for the club and I want to play for myself," Bird told Fairfax Newspapers.

"It's no secret that over the past couple of weeks I've been trying to do everything I can to try to get back on the field.

"The circumstances haven't been right.

"But now I hope something can be done so we can field the best team possible to win our first comp.

"I think that's what the fans and sponsors want.

"They want success for the club and that's the most important thing."

Seymour sustained a knee injury during training at Toyota Stadium.

He is scheduled to undergo an arthroscope on the knee on Friday, however indications are that he could also require reconstructive surgery to repair the ligament damage.

Sharks coach Ricky Stuart, at a team training camp at Kiama, said Seymour's injury was a major blow to the team.

"I feel sorry for Brett. He'd been playing very well and was a big part of why our attack had improved in recent weeks. He'll be a big loss for us," Stuart said.

A potential replacement for Seymour has yet to be determined.

The Sharks will play the winner of Saturday's match between Brisbane and Melbourne.

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