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Hindmarsh hoping for Kangaroos call-up

By Steve Jancetic 05/10/2009 06:58:08 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta veteran Nathan Hindmarsh will await the verdict from Australian selectors before deciding whether to postpone end of season shoulder surgery until after the Four Nations tournament.

Hindmarsh on Sunday revealed he carried a shoulder injury through the Eels' finals campaign, a run which came to a disappointing end for long-suffering Parramatta fans with a 23-16 grand final loss to Melbourne.

The workaholic backrower hardly seemed hindered as he pushed his body through a marathon 64 tackles against the Storm, before admitting he would need to go under the knife to repair the injury.

But whether that is next week or in a two months time could depend on whether Test selectors revive his representative career, which has lay dormant since representing NSW and Australia in 2007.

The Australian squad to play in the Four Nations will be named on Wednesday, with the opening match of the tournament against World Cup winners New Zealand in London on October 24.

"It would be great (to get picked) but we've just got to wait," Hindmarsh said on Monday.

"I'll have to weigh it up.

"We're looking at the moment to see what has to be done (with the shoulder).

"I've got to wait until I get picked (before making a decision)."

Despite being on the outer with representative selectors the last two years, Hindmarsh was considered a leading candidate given the lack of experienced forwards available to Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens.

Hindmarsh however wasn't so sure, saying he believed selectors had showed their hand by not selecting him in a NSW side which has now lost four straight State of Origin series to Queensland.

"I haven't been picked the last two seasons and I've been playing exactly the same football I have, I don't see why they would pick me," Hindmarsh said.

Hindmarsh will still have plenty on his plate even if snubbed by Australian selectors with the 30-year-old due to marry long-time partner Bonnie Scott in December.

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