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Chambers denies he wants out of Reds

12/11/2009 08:23:58 PM Comments (0)

Code-jumper Will Chambers has rubbished reports he wanted to stay in league to immediately devote his energies on breaking into the Queensland Reds exciting backline.

While Chambers won an NRL premiership last month with the Melbourne Storm, he is no certainty of grabbing a starting role with the battling Reds in the 2010 Super 14.

The 20-year-old three-quarter must quickly adapt to the 15-man code to show he's worth playing outside centre, or possibly wing, beside Wallabies flyers Digby Ioane and Peter Hynes.

When he first signed with the Reds in February, an ambition to play for the Wallabies at the 2011 World Cup was viewed as a major reason for his defection.

But Chambers remains under no illusions he'll have his work cut out to gain new coach Ewen McKenzie's nod for the 2010 opener against NSW at Suncorp Stadium.

"I've got to make the 22 here first before I start looking that far ahead," he said. "It's the transition phase now so I've got to pick it up in the next couple of months and hopefully make the 22 for the opening round against the Waratahs."

Chambers met his new teammates and began pre-season training at Ballymore on Thursday, less than a week after the latest unsourced newspaper story he was reluctant to join the Reds.

"It's all rubbish mate," he said. "I've always wanted to come.

"I put pen to paper and where I grew up that's it, when you've signed something you've got to stick to it, so I'm here today and I've enjoyed it so far.

"I am excited, it's a new chapter in my life. It's been a great run so far with my rugby league so hopefully I an have a good chapter here as well."

Chambers played four years of rugby at Nudgee College - also making the 2005 Queensland Schoolboys side along with current Reds Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas and Will Genia - before joining the Storm.

McKenzie wouldn't be drawn to where he was best suited positionally, and admitted the final decision will depend much on how to best fit in the men around him.

With Ioane playing outside centre for the Wallabies, it creates an immediate dilemma for McKenzie and backs coach Jim McKay, who this week lost fullback Mark McLinden to a career-ending neck injury.

The former NSW Waratahs coach backed Chambers to make a speedy transition, and didn't see any gaps in his game to prevent him graduating to the Wallabies.

"I think he's going to bring some very good ideas, coming from one of the most consistent and best teams in rugby league, he's obviously learned a lot so I'll be picking his brains to see what he can bring to us."

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