Main content

Cordner could be a NSW great: Freddy

Brought to you by

Monday, July 08, 2013 - 10:30 PM
Source: SportsFan
Author: Adam Jones

NSW assistant coach Brad Fittler says standby Blues forward Boyd Cordner could be a State of Origin great and won't let NSW down if he is called on to replace Greg Bird in game three.

Cordner trained with the Blues on Monday as incumbent forward Bird watched on while wearing a moon boot on his foot. Scans later showed no bone bruising on Bird's injured ankle, raising hopes the Gold Coast Titans star will be fit to take on the Maroons in the series decider.

Even if he is forced to withdraw, Fittler is confident the man waiting in the wings to replace him will do a fine job for NSW at ANZ Stadium.

"[Cordner's] a fine player. He just wouldn't let you down," Fittler told the SportsFan Clubhouse.

"He could be one of the great Origin players. Just the way he plays - he reminds me a lot of 'Fitzy' [former NSW forward Craig Fitzgibbon].

"Everything he does is tough. Hits the line hard, puts his body on the line constantly. Once he gets a chance he won't ever go backwards."

Doubts remain over the availability of NSW skipper Paul Gallen, who is battling a race against time to overcome a foot injury, but Fittler says his "gut feeling" is the Cronulla and Blues star will take the field against the Maroons.

News & Views

Top Two Finish Is Massive

A top two finish is a huge bonus when it comes to finals time,...

Sportsline Extra: Thur

Sport news and analysis.

Sportsline: Thursday

Sharks players named by ASADA, updates from AFL & much more in...

It Will Be Tough For The Tigers

We asked Braith Anasta for his Round 24 tips, and he thinks his...

Eden Park Is Intimidating

Matt Burke recalls some of his less than pleasant experiences...

Wanderers topple Guangzhou 1-0 in ACL

Western Sydney Wanderers have pulled off a remarkable 1-0 ACL...

Morning Sports Wrap

Get your morning Sports news hit.

Wanderers topple Guangzhou 1-0 in ACL

Western Sydney Wanderers have pulled off a remarkable 1-0 ACL...

Evening Sports Wrap

Get your evening Sports news hit.

Dockers to appeal against Fyfe AFL ban

Fremantle will contest Nat Fyfe's two-match ban for striking...

Clubhouse Blogs