FROM winning a NRL premiership with Wests Tigers to playing with Hull KR in England, Southcity captain-coach Daniel Fitzhenry has seemingly done it all in rugby league.
After 20 years in the sport, however, Fitzhenry is about to make a remarkable football breakthrough.
Heading into the Group 9 grand final qualifier against Albury at Greenfield Park on Sunday, Fitzhenry yesterday revealed he had never played a game on the Border.
“Since I came to Wagga we’ve been there (Greenfield Park) three times and I’ve been injured every time,” Fitzhenry said.
“This’ll be the first time I’ve actually played against them down there.
“I’m a bit excited.”
Fitzhenry will be striving to engineer the end of a stretch of three losses to the Thunder at Greenfield Park.
Sunday’s major semi-final was a chance to turn the tables.
“There’s a good feeling in the team and everyone is training hard,” he said.
“We’re ready for it.”
Southcity is coming off a runaway victory over Gundagai but in a double blow, lost starting hooker Nathan Rose and Pani Manawatu to injury.
Fitzhenry was optimistic yesterday that Manawatu would recover from a neck problem in time to play on Sunday but virtually ruled out Rose who suffered ligament damage to his ankle.
“Pani will start and I’ll bring someone else in on the bench.”