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Reddy happy to roam across Eels backline

By Ian McCullough 25/05/2009 07:56:01 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta utility Joel Reddy says he's happy to be the Eels' Mr Versatile after filling in at five-eighth in their 16-all NRL draw with South Sydney.

The injury-hit Eels produced a battling display on Friday, despite being without injured regular halves Feleti Mateo and Kris Keating as well as skipper Nathan Cayless, and Reddy said he enjoyed the experience of playing in a new position.

"The coach wanted me to carry the ball a bit more up the middle and I probably wasn't playing as a normal five-eighth and I think I did that job OK," Reddy told AAP.

Having been shifted between wing, centre and now into the halves, Reddy said he is happy to do a job for the team if it means staying in the side and said he was flattered that coach Daniel Anderson had enough faith in him to fill in where needed.

"Daniel was very specific about what he wanted me to and I am happy to play wherever needed," Reddy said.

"It is all good experience for me and I was a good confidence boost for me that Ando feels he can go to me."

Saturday's NRL clash with struggling Cronulla is a massive one for both sides, with the Eels looking for only their fourth win of the season and the Sharks aiming to stop a 10th successive defeat.

The Eels showed enough against Souths to suggest they can beat Ricky Stuart's confidence-sapped outfit, but Reddy said he still holds fears about the Sharks finally finding their form.

"It's one of those (matches) where we have to be on top of our game," Reddy said.

"I know from previous seasons when teams are going through losing spells their next win is around the corner.

"They are not going to go through a whole season without winning a game and I am hoping it is not going to be this week, because if we give them a sniff of winning, and they get their tails up and they could beat us."

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