Wednesday, May 29, 2013

NSW's Kurt Gidley Out With Foot Injury

Laurie Daley was just a few hours into his new job as NSW's coach when a top player was injured.
Bench utility Kurt Gidley tore a ligament in his foot during Sunday's 28-12 loss to the Warriors. The team has just 24 hours before been announced for game one. Daley said he would announce a replacement yesterday after conferring with chief adviser Bob Fulton. He may not elect another utility for the bench and instead chose a forward, to add bulk to his team. Some names being thrown around were Willie Mason, Tim Grant, Aiden Tolman, Tim Mannah, and Aaron Woods.
Blues captain Paul Gallen said he wants a forward brought in as the replacement. "Personally, I think they should pick another bigger bloke- (Boyd) Cordner, Tim Grant, Tariq Sims, someone like that," Gallen said. "I don't think another person in the game can do what Kurt Gidley can do, so I don't think there's any point in picking (Josh) McCrone or someone like that."
Daley wanted to watch Monday night's clash between South Sydney and Cronulla before making his decision. This indicates that Daley is considering Rabbitohs five-eighth John Sutton, who can play as a forward and Cronulla's Todd Carney. Both were pitched as options for No. 6.
Other players out for NSW include captain Gallen (knee), and Luke Lewis (shoulder). Both were out for Monday's game against the Rabbitohs.
References: Herald Sun and The Age.
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