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Gidley leaving it late for Blues

By Steve Jancetic 12/07/2009 06:26:59 PM Comments (0)

NSW skipper Kurt Gidley is set to go into Wednesday night's Origin series finale in Brisbane with just one training session under his belt.

Nursing a rib cartilage complaint that has left him a spectator throughout the Blues' Origin III build-up, Gidley is expected to be rested again when NSW hold their first session in Brisbane on Monday.

Fullback Gidley is still considered an almost certain starter and is expected to take part in the final session on Tuesday, but after the dismal display which followed their injury-disrupted preparations for game two, Gidley's lack of training must be a concern to coach Craig Bellamy.

Bulldogs fullback Luke Patten, who trained with the Blues on Friday and Saturday before flying to Auckland to play in Sunday's NRL win over the Warriors, will rejoin the Blues in Brisbane and again deputise for Gidley at training.

Speaking during the build-up to the Suncorp Stadium clash, when the Blues will attempt to avoid the first series clean sweep since 1995, Gidley said he was desperate to get on the field.

"It's disappointing to have lost the series, but to go 3-0 is not an option," Gidley said.

"Certainly for myself and the rest of the boys it'd be embarrassing and bitterly disappointing if that was to happen.

"It'd be nice to get something out of this series and get a win up there.

"Being captain you certainly feel some responsibility for the team and it'd be nice to go up there and get a win out of this series in front of their home crowd."

Despite the influx of new players, particularly Brett Kimmorley at halfback and Michael Ennis at hooker, Gidley was adamant his role would not change and he would continue to float between fullback and closer to the ruck.

The return of Craig Wing from the hamstring injury which ruled him out from game two gives Bellamy another option at dummy half, but Gidley was confident the plethora of playmakers could co-exist.

"It doesn't change my role at all," Gidley said of the reshaped squad.

"I've enjoyed playing with all the guys in the past two games and certainly most of the new guys, you know most of the guys when you come into these camps and you always get off on the right foot."

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