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Kimmorley pledges to stay at Sharks

By Darren Walton 03/12/2003 06:07:23 PM Comments (0)

Cronulla captain Brett Kimmorley admitted to feeling "lost" in the wake of Chris Anderson's axing as Sharks coach.

But Australia's incumbent Test halfback nevertheless pledged his future to the National Rugby League club and vowed to do everything he could to lead the Sharks to their maiden premiership.

Kimmorley returned from a family holiday to attend the NRL's annual conference of players, coaches and club bosses in Sydney, where he spoke for the first time about the dismissal of his mentor and good friend.

Asked if he was keen to see out his four-year contract, Kimmorley said: "I probably feel a bit lost at the moment".

"Chris and I have been so close for so long and I went to the club to be a part of what he was building, so I'll get my head around it and obviously want to be a part of what we've started to achieve.

"And I feel as the captain now, (I) can help lead us to a premiership that the players coming next year will help get."

Kimmorley, who was also Anderson's right-hand man at Melbourne where the two enjoyed grand final success in 1999, was among the stand-outs for Anderson in Australia's 3-0 sweep of Great Britain in last month's Ashes series in England.

Cronulla's axing of Anderson on Monday has since reduced the two to golfing partners.

But Kimmorley felt the legacy of Anderson's 2004 recruitment, which included the prize purchase of New Zealand Test star Nigel Vagana, had left the club in good stead.

"I think player-wise we couldn't be better," he said.

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