Civoniceva knows that the end is near

He has been a fantastic representative player for both Australia and QLD over the last 6-8 years, but for Petero Civoniceva, he knows that he cannot play rep footy forever, and thus, he is likely to follow Darren Lockyer, and retire from rep footy, in the farewell test.

With Civoniceva still keen to play club footy, for as long as his body lets him, he knows that he cannot play rep footy forever, and thus, he is likely to retire from rep footy at the end of 2011.

That would mean that the QLD and Australian great, would be playing his last rep matches in the State of Origin Series, and the Four Nations, later on in the year.

”It’s a possibility for sure,” Civoniceva said.

”I always said I’d let the selectors make the decision. I’ve got one more year to go, and I suppose wanting to finish on a good note with the Panthers is something that’s on my mind.”

Civoniceva showed he is the ultimate player, after he stood down for last years Four Nations final, as he knew himself, that his form was not as great as it could been, paving the way for a younger player to play in the match.

”I probably just knew myself that I was down in energy,” Civoniceva said.

”It had been a long year. I didn’t have the form on the board. That was basically it. There were other guys there that were playing well, and thoroughly deserved to be a part of the final.

”Coming out of the New Zealand game [at Eden Park], I just knew that I wasn’t up to the speed of the game. Knowing how tough it was going to be in the final, I didn’t want to be a weakness within the team. I had a good chat to the coach [Tim Sheens] about it, and I just told him how I felt. I probably just eased his mind a bit, because I knew it was going to be a bit of a dilemma for him.”

“He probably felt he owed me something because of what I’d done in the past. I just knew it was about getting away and having a good break. I definitely did that. Although it was a bit of a slow start for me, I feel like I’m back to playing the football that I know I’m capable of.”

Despite the grind of the Four Nations, and the wear and tear it has on his body, Civoniceva remains adamant that, if he is selected for the Australian side, he would tour.

”I’ll put my hand up,” he said.

”Ultimately, it’s the selectors that will decide the final squad that will go away. Learning from last year, it’s just being a bit smarter with my training … I probably need to pull out of things that the younger blokes are doing. It’s just about making sure that the body’s ready to go on the weekend. If I can alternate my training a bit, and maybe take the running out of my legs … I’ve never been one to sit out of training, but it’s just about being smart.”

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