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In the mid-90s when Fittler left Penrith for the Chooks, we really had the positions he played covered. He wasn't really a centre any more even though he was more than capable. He had developed into a 5/8 or lock, and we already had Cliffy at pivot and an emerging Nik Kosef at lock.Fittler, one of my all time favourite players and the perfect fit as NSW coach. A long term Peninsula resident who could have become a Sea Eagle, except that Cliffy was already in the no. 6 jersey. Doubt that Turbo, with no match fitness, will play SOO this year (unfortunately).
Manly star Tom Trbojevic expects to be fit for the upcoming State of Origin series after scans revealed he was facing a four-week return from a shoulder injury.
Speaking on Channel Nine's Sunday Footy Show, Trbojevic said his recovery should be complete prior to the completion of the NRL finals series.
"It was just a bit of grade-two carry on," Trbojevic joked about his Saturday setback before getting into the seriousness of the injury and the Origin implications.
The match was Trbojevic's first since Round 6, a match in which he suffered a serious hamstring injury.
"I definitely think I will be right [for Origin], it is unfortunate I haven’t got to play much footy this year," he said.
"I will definitely be right to go, if … the coach picks me."
Blues coach, and Sunday Footy Show panel member, Brad Fittler, was quick to reassure one of his star players that he had nothing to worry about.
"Well, it’s official mate. If you stop sookin', you're officially the first person in the squad of 27," Fittler said.