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Barrett sees no role change for Gidley

By Ian McCullough 29/06/2010 04:22:28 PM Comments (0)

NSW skipper Trent Barrett expects deposed captain Kurt Gidley to act no differently around the Blues camp ahead of next week's State of Origin clash against Queensland.

Barrett, who admitted the game is almost certain to be his last Origin clash, with the 32-year-old set to retire at the end of the season, was named captain after Gidley was included on the interchange bench.

The Cronulla playmaker said leading the team out at ANZ Stadium will be the highlight of his career, and said there was no hard feelings from Gidley, who has skippered the side in the last five games.

"My role in the team won't change from what it was previously. You need more than one leader in the team," Barrett said.

"I wouldn't expect Kurt to go into his shell. He is a terrific leader and a terrific bloke and we need to help each other.

"We are good mates and similar personalities it will all be fine. But we need more than one leader and more than just me and Kurt."

The Blues have made eight changes to the side that lost 34-6 in Brisbane earlier this month, with four players set to make their debuts.

Barrett believes the enthusiasm that will be generated by Kade Snowden, Tim Mannah, Michael Gordon and Jason King, who will experience camp for the first time, can energise the rest of the team.

"If these young guys can go out there and do well they can go some way to being a part of the team for some time. I am sure their enthusiasm will rub off on everyone else," he said.

"It is important that we help them. It is a different to club footy and a different pressure.

"It is daunting, 10 days is a long time to prepare for a game and you can get lost a little bit.

"It is important they enjoy it and up to us senior guys to help them through.

"I think we have the team to trouble them and there may be a few points in this game."

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