Two Sharks stars rested
By STEVE SPINKS
STAR Cronulla Sharks halfback Brett Kimmorley will not play in the National Rugby League trial match against Parramatta at Oakes Oval, Lismore, this Saturday night.
Kimmorley believes he is too unfit for the trial and will instead stay in Sydney to continue to prepare for the 2005 NRL season.
"Unfortunately, I won't be going up," Kimmorley told The Northern Star.
"The Tri-Nations tour only finished in early December and I had a month break after that.
"I've only been training for three weeks and I'm still getting back into it and I'm not quite ready for a game yet."
Strike centre Nigel Vagana is another who won't attend after a gruelling season only ended after playing with New Zealand in the Tri-Nations in late November.
"We're still sending up a good side," Kimmorley said.
"But there's a few of us who won't be going."
Kimmorley admitted that the long NRL season combined with an end-of-season tour was very draining.
When he returned to Australia the halfback was happy just to get away from all things football.
"In the past I've panicked a bit about losing fitness," Kimmorley said.
"But last season went so much longer that I decided to have four weeks off and I did nothing.
"I really enjoyed it."
However, with his holiday now over Kimmorley is itching to get back on the field.
"I'm very excited about this season," he said.
"We've got Adam (Dykes) returning and I can't wait to play with a really good five-eighth again."
The Cronulla squad arrive on Friday and will then have a light open training session on Oakes Oval at 3.15pm.
Following a short run the Sharks will then hold a skills and drills session for any children who want to be involved from 3.45pm.