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Lamb disappointed with NRL

David Beniuk 11/08/2011 04:45:20 PM Comments (0)

Rugby league great Terry Lamb is disappointed the NRL isn't flying him to Townsville to personally congratulate Darren Lockyer on breaking his record for most first grade games.

Lockyer joined Canterbury icon Lamb and Manly legend Steve Menzies last weekend on a record 349 games and the Test captain will go past that mark in Brisbane's Friday night blockbuster against North Queensland.

The NRL has organised several events to pay tribute to Lockyer, but Lamb says he would like to have been personally involved.

"The NRL hasn't done anything for me to go up there ... maybe they just want to do it themselves," Lamb told AAP on Thursday.

"I would have loved to have gone up and congratulated Darren after the game or before the game.

"I broke Geoff Gerard's record of 303 games.

"(Former Bulldogs boss) Peter Moore got Geoff Gerard here to congratulate me before the game and we got photos together.

"That was our club that did that. I think that was a great idea.

"I'm not dirty, I'm just a bit disappointed.

"This is a huge record and no one's going to surpass it I don't think and I just think something special should have been done, maybe flew Menzies over or flew me up there."

Lamb said he had sent an email to congratulate Lockyer and he believed Menzies had done the same.

NRL boss David Gallop will be in Townsville to present Lockyer with the game ball, while the league has also organised a video tribute.

The Broncos and Queensland skipper, who Lamb believes should become a league Immortal, will also be inducted into the game's 300 Club at the Men of League Gala Dinner in September and honoured among other retiring players in grand final week.

Debate on the game's next Immortal, a tag bestowed by respected league magazine Rugby League Week, has centred on Lockyer and NSW great Andrew Johns.

Lamb, also a half in his playing days, said he didn't like to compare great players.

"They're completely different," he said.

"Joey (Johns) controlled the game by himself virtually.

"Darren controls his players.

"Joey could run through a hole, set someone up, brilliant kicking, where Darren would probably organise his players more than the ball."

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