Captain Kurt tackles 200
Thursday 9 May 2013 3:33 PM
Newcastle Knights captain Kurt Gidley is set to play his 200th game for the Club he grew up supporting when the Knights take on the Canberra Raiders this Sunday afternoon.
The resilient utility becomes just the seventh player to reach the milestone at the Club, joining Andrew Johns (249), Danny Buderus (244), Tony Butterfield (229), Robbie O’Davis (223), his older brother Matt Gidley (221) and Steve Simpson (216).
“It is a special game and I am excited, and I didn’t know it was going to be this week either,” Gidley said.
“I don’t count the games, but I knew it was around, so it was a nice surprise that it’s come this week.
“I am proud and I think my family would be proud - they’ve been a big part of my life.
"My mum and dad have followed me around, and got me to games and training, and my brothers have encouraged me with my footy.
“It is a good achievement, but I’ve just got to get on with the job and make sure I do my role within the team, and hopefully the result at the end of the day will be a good one.”
Gidley made his debut as a 19-year old and in the 199 games since, he has played in the halves, at fullback and at hooker. After playing at halfback and hooker this year, this weekend he is named at five-eighth, to cover for Jarrod Mullen who has a knee injury.
“Right from when I started with the Knights as a 17-year-old kid, I started on the bench and right through the grades, I probably went from fullback through to the halves at different stages, then at hooker and at different times off the bench in my early days in first grade,” the captain said.
“That has been the norm for me, and I feel I am happiest when I’m out on the field.
“I enjoy playing wherever I’m playing, and I’ve always said that.
"I enjoy playing hooker because it’s about getting down and getting your hands dirty and doing a role for the team, and I enjoy doing that.
“Obviously halfback’s fun and then I enjoyed fullback a couple of years ago.
“I just enjoy playing with my teammates, and that’s what it comes down to.
“That’s why I’ve played the game since I was a kid, because I enjoy playing footy and playing with my best mates.”
What his teammates say:
Danny Buderus: He is one of the most competitive people I have come across. Kurt has that will to win, he’ll play right up to the death and that is what you want in your captain.
Chris Houston: Kurt is everything this Club is about.
James McManus: His never-say-die attitude. Kurt always has that energy and determination to bring out the best in everyone.
Timana Tahu: Kurt is always about the team.
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