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Best wants to do more for Cronulla in NRL

Wayne Heming 26/06/2011 03:42:21 PM Comments (0)

Cronulla journeyman Colin Best's decision to use his 200-game NRL experience more this season is beginning to pay dividends.

Skipper Paul Gallen's lift in form and confidence has rubbed off on his Sharks' teammates but it's also the extras from players like Best that are making a difference.

Best kicked off his career with the Sharks against North Sydney at Toyota Park in 1998 but has been around the NRL block, with stopovers at St George Illawarra, Canberra and South Sydney, before returning home this season.

The 189cm 97kg centre needs just two more tries to join the elite 100 club.

But of late, he's been content to help create tries as much as score them, with another two try assists in Cronulla's 36-12 win over a shot Gold Coast on Saturday night at Skilled Park.

Best's inside pass to flying fullback Nathan Gardner set up the first of Cronulla's six tries and he popped another beauty up for skipper Paul Gallen just after halftime which set the Sharks on their way to a big win.

"It's good to get involved. It's something I set myself at the start of the season to get a lot more involved," said Best.

"I definitely wanted to improve that part of my game. I haven't been involved enough and I know I can give the team more."

With 13 previous seasons and more than 225 NRL games, the player who goes by the nickname "Simple" has much to offer the Sharks, whose young halves Wade Graham and Chad Townsend are both only 20 and light on experience.

"The way the game has evolved I like to sniff around the ruck as well as attack out wide," said Best, who has the size to create hesitation in the defensive line.

Best said Gallen has pulled everybody up with his fantastic form.

"Gal's just in the rhythm at the moment," he said.

"He's in a purple patch or a zone and, when you're in that rhythm, the game just flows for you and everything comes naturally.

"But if we want to be a better team, we can't just rely on Gal tokeep getting us out of trouble.

"We're starting to play more as a team.

"Gal wears Cronulla on his sleeve and he's had a few tough seasons lately so it would be nice to keep moving up the ladder for him."

Meanwhile, Sharks utility back Albert Kelly is likely to be hit with a fine and suspended, once police complete an investigation into an incident at a Cronulla nightclub.

Kelly was arrested on Friday night after being told to leave Northies Hotel in Cronulla by security staff due to what police called "high levels of intoxication".

While being escorted from the premises, Kelly allegedly pushed over tables and chairs outside the hotel before pushing a bouncer in the chest.

Officers nearby witnessed the incident and say they handcuffed the 20 year old after he continued to act in an aggressive manner, a statement from police said.

The cousin of South Sydney star Greg Inglis was set to return from a broken leg against the Rabbitohs next weekend but, with police charges pending, is not likely to be playing in the near future.

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