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Gidley to draw on lessons of mentors

By Tom Wald 29/04/2009 04:35:36 PM Comments (0)

Kurt Gidley says he will draw on the knowledge of former NSW captains Andrew Johns and Danny Buderus if picked to lead the Blues in this year's State of Origin series.

The Knights skipper has learnt from two of the most inspirational leaders, having served under them at Newcastle for eight years before being promoted to the club captaincy this season.

And that information could potentially be invaluable in the lead-up to the Origin opener on June 3 in Melbourne.

"I've enjoyed captaining Newcastle this year and it would be a huge honour to captain NSW and just awesome," Gidley told AAP.

"It is the same situation, until I hear something there I will just make sure I'm playing well.

"I've been captained by both those guys and learnt plenty off them too so I guess it would be two great captains to follow."

But NSW coach Craig Bellamy was tightlipped about his captaincy plans at the gathering of the provisional squad in Sydney on Wednesday.

"There is not (a favourite)," he said.

"And to be quite honest I have not given it a whole lot of thought.

"I think when the side gets picked there will be a couple of guys there that are captaining their club and we will make a choice then.

"I think it is really important that we get the right 17 and I don't think we will have too much trouble picking the captain from that."

The Blues' provisional squad has an array of club captains with Gidley, Robbie Farah (Wests Tigers), Alan Tongue (Canberra), Paul Gallen (Cronulla) and Luke Bailey (Gold Coast) all making the initial cut.

But Gidley is considered the frontrunner as he is the most likely member of the starting side as the Blues try to stop Queensland from rolling to a record fourth straight series triumph.

Although he didn't have the chance to chat to him, Bellamy said Jamie Lyon's presence at the gathering suggested the premiership-winning centre was prepared to play for the Blues if needed.

Lyon, 27, tried to earn an exemption from representative football this year only to have his request denied by officials.

"He was here so I am thinking that is a fair sign he might want to play now," Bellamy said.

"But before he gets to Origin he will be either picked for Australia or picked for NSW Country so we will see what happens from there."

The Blues' 40-man squad has already been reduced to 37 fit players following injuries to Brett Stewart (knee), Ben Cross (biceps) and Josh Morris (foot).

When asked if there would be any more players called-up to take their places, Bellamy quipped: "I think we have got enough already."

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