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Shifty ticked off - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Tue, 06 Mar 2007 23:22:00 GMT
Bulldogs halfback Brent Sherwin has expressed frustration at not being able to be on the field as the start of the season draws closer.

Sherwin injured a foot this pre-season and has missed both of Canterbury’s trial matches- a 26-16 win in Wollongong against St. George-Illawarra, and then a 36-6 defeat against the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland this past weekend.

Speaking exclusively to Global Rugby League at training on Tuesday, Sherwin said “I’m sick of being indoors on the bike or the rower and that, I’d love to get out there and run.”

“It’s just a bit of an injury where I have to keep the load off it, and perhaps cut my running down.”

Sherwin had a pool-based rehab session late Tuesday afternoon in attempt to help get the injury right.

However, the three-time City Origin rep says he’s still hopeful of being fit for when the bullets start flying for real.

“I hurt it a little bit on Saturday running, so…just got to keep an eye on it, and hopefully be back the first round.”

Sherwin, 28 and a veteran of 170 first grade games for Canterbury, is just one of a number of injury concerns for the Bulldogs as the season approaches. Prop Mark O’Meley, five-eighth Daniel Holdsworth, and winger Matt Utai are also all under various health clouds.

Young New Zealander Ben Roberts played halfback in Sherwin’s place in both trial matches, and would likely wear the No. 7 jersey again in Round One if Sherwin is not fit by then.

The Bulldogs open their 2007 season proper on Sunday, March 18 with a trip to Newcastle to play the Knights, in what should be one of the glamour matchups of the season’s initial round.

Later this week: GRL speaks exclusively to ‘Shifty’ about the upcoming season, his future, Corey Hughes, Daniel Holdsworth, the effect of the Sonny Bill Williams and Mark O’Meley contract negotiations, and more. - Read More, Here