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Anthony Minichiello eyes Blues recall

By Ed Jackson 06/04/2010 06:13:44 PM Comments (0)

Former NSW and Australia representative Anthony Minichiello says he's still got the desire to play representative footy with his injury woes behind him.

The Sydney Rooster has missed most of the past four seasons with a series of serious injuries, mainly a recurring complaint in his back.

Those setbacks have meant the 2005 Golden Boot winner's representative career with the Blues and Kangaroos has stalled at 18 Test caps and nine State of Origin appearances.

But after playing in all four of the Roosters' NRL matches in 2010, `Mini' says he's certain his injury concerns are just a thing of the past.

"100 per cent mate," he told AAP.

"Very confident that my back's really strong and it's all good now.

"The body's getting better every week, I haven't been that sore the past couple of weeks.

"I feel I'm getting better every week and hopefully improving in my game as well."

Minichiello last represented NSW in the first game of the 2007 Origin series before his back once again left him sidelined.

But having made a successful switch from fullback to wing with the arrival of Todd Carney at the Roosters, Minichiello said he was still hoping for an Origin recall.

"The desire's there to still play it," he said.

"I'll just keep playing well for the Roosters and if they were to go with that choice then I've been there before and it's all good."

The 2004 Dally M fullback of the year said he was enjoying his new role on the wing for the Roosters and expects Carney to just get better and better as a ball-playing No.1.

"It's pretty good," Minichiello said of playing on the wing.

"I've pretty much got a license to roam wherever I want inside our own 50 and it's working well at the moment.

"He's (Carney) going outstanding, his ball playing's outstanding for us and he had the year off so I think he can still get better.

"He gives us a third ball-playing option there with Braith (Anasta) and (Mitchell) Pearce in the side. As long as that's all working well ... hopefully we can improve as a team as the games go on."

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