Albury Thunder coach ready for final replay | Photos

ALBURY Thunder captain Lou Goodwin’s seven-year run without missing a match through injury hangs in the balance ahead of tomorrow’s Group 9 rugby league qualifying final against Gundagai at Greenfield Park.

Goodwin is racing against time to be fit after dislocating his shoulder against the Tigers on August 17 and will wait until the last-minute before making a final call.

The star lock last missed a game when he broke his collarbone playing for Red Bend’s under-16s.

Goodwin, 23, said yesterday he was eager to take his place in the team against the Tigers.

“I’ll leave it as late as I can before deciding,” Goodwin said.

“It’s getting better every day.

“It would be disappointing to miss at this time of the year.”

Goodwin, who has attracted the attention of several NRL talent scouts in recent months, said the reigning premier was eager to put up a strong showing after dropping their final two home and away matches against Gundagai and Southcity.

Thunder lost to the Tigers 16-6 before suffering a shattering last-minute loss to Southcity 40-38.

The reigning premier worked hard on its defensive structures over last weekend’s bye with coach Josh Cale calling for a more disciplined approach.

“We have just got to play to our strengths a bit more than we have,” Goodwin said.

“That’s something we have been working on.

“It’s just a few little things that we need to brush up on.”

Forward Mitch Davis (ankle) will also wait until tomorrow before deciding whether to play Gundagai in a replay of last year’s grand final.

His availability will be crucial against the formidable Gundagai pack.

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