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Kenny-Dowall wants to get fit for Roosters

Ben Horne 19/08/2011 06:22:49 PM Comments (0)

Sydney Roosters star Shaun Kenny-Dowall is desperate to get games under his belt before the end of the NRL season, as he bids to be available for New Zealand Test consideration.

The 23-year-old played centre for the Kiwis in the May Test, but the Roosters poor form and his own battles with a groin injury have him under some pressure to hold his spot.

Kenny-Dowall, who is in doubt for Saturday's clash with Cronulla, said he isn't focusing on the Kiwis' Four Nations campaign just yet, but is conscious of finishing the season on the field.

"I'm not even thinking about that at this point, just worrying about the Roosters at the moment and trying to get my body right and play some football before the end of the year," Kenny-Dowall told AAP.

"That's the only thing I'm focused on at the moment.

"I want to finish the season on a good note no matter what happens, so just looking forward to that."

Kenny-Dowall said a decision wouldn't be made on his groin and on fellow concerns Sam Perrett (foot) and BJ Leilua (hamstring) until before kick-off.

The dynamic centre, who was outstanding in the club's 2010 charge to the grand final, said he felt his condition had improved since being scratched from last week's morale-boosting win over St George Illawarra.

"It feels pretty good, it's not too bad, still struggling a bit and we'll just have to see what happens," he said.

"I'm not sure what the staff are thinking ... I think (waiting until game day) is how it's going to go."

A win over the Sharks will guarantee the Roosters avoid the wooden spoon.

Following the turmoil of Todd Carney, Nate Myles and Frank Paul-Nuuausala's misbehaviour, last week's win over the Dragons was a tremendous achievement for the besieged club.

Kenny-Dowall said spirits at the Roosters had lifted and the players were conscious of continuing to dig deep.

"That's definitely in the back of the boys mind and it'd be awesome to finish with a few wins and build a solid platform for next year," he said.

"It was an unreal turnaround, everyone sticking together and it's really shown in the boys' attitude at training, so it's been an awesome week.

"It's definitely important for the boys as well, just for the playing group and to know we're all capable of that (a good performance).

"Driving each other is definitely something we want to look forward to and do that next year."

Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen is still a day-to-day proposition and he'll be assessed on Saturday, but at this stage he appears on track to battle through a calf injury and play.

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