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Gidley happy to shift for Boyd

Ian McCullough 10/06/2011 01:59:48 PM Comments (0)

Newcastle skipper Kurt Gidley says he would be more than happy to move from fullback to accommodate new signing Darius Boyd.

Boyd, as widely expected, agreed a four-year deal with the cashed-up NRL club on Thursday, following Wayne Bennett from St George Illawarra for the start of the 2012 season.

Gidley, who has played most of his career with the Knights at fullback, is currently playing halfback due to a pectoral injury to Jarrod Mullen, but has also filled in at hooker and five-eighth both for NSW and for his club.

And the 29-year-old is comfortable in shifting roles so Boyd can take up the No.1 shirt.

"I think Darius will be a great signing for us, he can play on the wing and at fullback and is one of the best players in the NRL at the moment and I am really happy to see him come to Newcastle," Gidley said on Friday.

Bennett is already believed to have earmarked five-eighth Beau Henry for the exit door when he arrives at Ausgrid Stadium next year.

Gidley, who is likely to find himself lining-up in the halves next year, believes winning games regularly is more important than what position he takes on the field.

"Right from when I started playing first grade, as long as I was in the team, playing good footy and winning games, that was my priority," he said.

"Whether, I am fullback, half, hooker it doesn't matter, as long as I am enjoying myself, I am happy to play, wherever the team needs me."

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