Whilst Nathan Hindmarsh is not expecting any Origin or Australian call-ups anytime soon, he is pleased that he still remains close to the heart of not only Eels fans, but NRL fans, given his partaking in the All-Stars clash.

Hindmarsh, who has perhaps been one of the most consistent players in the NRL for quite a few years, has not quite received the representative accolades many feel he should, but the fans showed they love Hindmarsh, both now and in the past.

“A couple of letterbox drops helped … you’ll be surprised what business you get from a letterbox drop,” Hindmarsh joked about his selection.

“It was a surprise when they told me (but) it’s exciting, I’m looking forward to it.

“I’ve totally forgotten what goes on in camp.”

Supercoach Wayne Bennett joked that given there were 15 new faces this year in the All-Stars team, that the fans were just as bad as the NSW selectors.

“I thought it was the NSW selectors at work, they only left five of last year’s team together,” the media-shy mentor smirked.

“But I’m sure the other players will thrive after getting the opportunity to be there.

“Overall it’s good. I think (the fans have) done a good job with it and I’m looking forward to working with it all again.”

Other All Star rookies included Canberra young gun Josh Dugan, Manly skipper Jamie Lyon, Brisbane recruit Ben Hannant, South Sydney giant Dave Taylor, New Zealand Warriors’ Feleti Mateo and Cronulla hardman Paul Gallen.

For Hindmarsh however, it was the chance to play alongside one of the games best props, a man who who failed to be chosen by the fans, but was given a reprieve by Bennett’s wild-card choices, that pleased Hindmarsh more so.

That man, is Petero Civoniceva, who deserves the opportunity to play for the All-Stars.

“I was asked before who I was looking forward to playing with, and I said straight away – `Petero’,” Hindmarsh said.

“I love playing with him, you know what you’re going to get with him and he’s good value in camp.

“He’s a bit of a laugh and he’s going to be older than me which is good.

“If I had my choice I’d pick Petero for sure, he’d have been my first pick out of Penrith but it’s the fans who get to do the voting … so it’s good to see the coach get two picks and he’s still gone with someone he can trust.”

By ricky

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