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Poore coming good for Eels

By David Beniuk 19/04/2010 08:02:57 PM Comments (0)

NSW prop Justin Poore has hit back at those "bagging" him, declaring he wouldn't let anyone down if he was picked again for State of Origin.

Poore has borne the brunt of much of the criticism of Parramatta's slow start to the season, with some even suggesting he is unhappy at the club he joined from St George Illawarra.

The damaging ball-runner has started off the bench behind captain Nathan Cayless and Fuifui Moimoi so far in 2010, but ran for an impressive 132m in Sunday's 22-8 victory over South Sydney.

"People forget that I was at St George for nine years and it was always going to take me a while to fit into this system," the 25-year-old told AAP.

"It's only round six and people keep bagging me but I was comfortable with the way I was going and Ando (coach Daniel Anderson) knew it was going to take me a while."

Poore, who played in all three Origin games last year, has been widely written off in 2010 but isn't ready to surrender his jersey easily.

"Nothing is as good as that, it was one of the best experiences I've had and something I'll never forget so I'd love to do it again," he said.

"It's just one of those things, if the team's going well you're going to be in with a chance.

"At the moment I'm more focused on Parramatta than anything."

And he is adamant he would let no one down if he was picked for the Blues.

"Definitely not but I'm not really thinking about that, I think if Parramatta as a team get it together I think all those rewards will come later," he said.

Poore dismissed the whispers he was not enjoying life in Sydney's western suburbs and wanted to return to the Dragons despite signing a massive three-year deal with the Eels.

"I'm not sure where people are getting that from," he said.

"There's always a lot of whispers but I don't take any notice of it, just keep training and keep playing.

"I'm very happy here, I have to be.

"It's been a pretty tough transition getting used to what's happening but the boys are unreal and they've really been supportive so I owe them to go out there and have a good crack."

He said the criticism had stung but captain Cayless, no stranger to being bagged himself, had helped him deal with it.

"Sometimes I do take things to heart and I shouldn't, but blokes like that really help me through the tough times and there's been some pretty tough times lately," Poore said.

"You see these things in the papers and you see these things on telly and it's really undeserved and I think people just get the wrong idea.

"It's a game of footy, it's not life or death and I think some people just take it a bit too far and it really does affect some players."

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