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Burt happy to switch back to the wing

Ian McCullough 15/07/2011 05:41:28 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta veteran Luke Burt believes he's playing the best football of his NRL career and insists he's more than happy to remain on the wing, despite a successful switch to fullback last week.

Eels coach Stephen Kearney moved Jarryd Hayne to five-eighth for the 22-6 win over Wests Tigers with Burt moving to the custodian role where he produced a stellar display as the Eels ended a three-game losing streak.

However, with halfback Jeff Robson fit again following a hamstring problem, Hayne has been restored to fullback for the clash with Penrith on Saturday with Burt reverting to the wing.

"I really enjoyed it at fullback and always have done," Burt told AAP.

"However, with Haynesy there my chances of playing there are few and far between as he is one of the best in the world in that position, but I enjoyed roaming around and getting involved, but with Robbo back this week I am back on the wing and that suits me fine."

The Eels have yet to win successive games this season but Burt insists defeat is not an option against the Panthers, not only because the team's finals hopes are realistically over should they lose, but also because the game marks the 300th appearance for skipper Nathan Hindmarsh.

"Hindy is one of my best mates and I desperately want to win for him, he is not only one of the greatest players to play for this club, but also one of the best to ever play in the NRL," he said.

"He has given so much for the club over the years and all the boys here want to make his 300th game one to remember. Everyone knows what a great competitor he is, but he is also a very bad loser so there is plenty of motivation for us against Penrith."

The 30-year-old is off-contract at the end of next season and hopeful of securing a new deal that will take him into at least the 2013 campaign.

"I am not sure why, but I am feeling really good this season, it was quite well documented what a tough pre-season we had, but it really worked forme," said the Eels' record points scorer.

"I have just turned 30, the deal I have takes me up until I'm 31, but I am confident I can play until I am 32-33 and I would love to stay here and finish my career at Parra.

"I love the club and feel very at home here."

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