Dale Finucane a ‘certainty’ to be picked for Blues, says Peter Sterling

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League great Peter Sterling says Storm star Dale Finucane is a certainty to be picked for the Blues as Brad Fittler weighs up selections for the seven remaining spots in his Origin squad after Sunday’s grand final.

Penrith halfback Nathan Cleary picks himself at No.7 while the likes of Isaah Yeo, Api Koroisau, Stephen Crichton and Melbourne’s Ryan Papenhuyzen are all in contention.

Sterling told Wide World of Sports the likes of Finucane, Cleary, Josh Addo-Carr, Papenhuyzen and Crichton are certainties to be picked, leaving another two spots up for grabs.

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“I’m throwing Dale Finucane in there as a certainty. Played great for them last year. With the way this team has been put together. I think they will be looking at pushing someone like a Dale Finucane or a Jake Trbojevic into the front-row,” he said on Sterlo’s wrap.

The Eels great believes that style of play will ultimately decide who Fittler picks for the remaining two spots, yet Penrith’s Isaah Yeo seems odds on to make the 27 according to the former halfback.

That leaves the last remaining spot to Panthers teammates Liam Martin, Moses Leota and Koroisau, Sterling contends. Although, the fact the Blues already have two hookers picked could see Koroisau as the odd man out.

NSW already has Damien Cook and Cam McInnes in the squad, however, Fittler is still paying close attention to the way the Penrith rake plays on Sunday.

The Blues coach admitted he’s a huge fan of the hooker and said he wouldn’t rule out picking the Fijian star, especially if he has a huge impact for the Panthers in the decider.

“It all depends on the grand final,” he said.

“He got a bit of a bump (last week against Souths), which would be a bit of a shame because he has been awesome. He has just got better and better.

“I remember his grand final for the Rabbits (in 2014), and I thought he was the best player on the field and the difference.

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“It makes it hard, and that is when this style of picking players as you go can be get tough. “Some people are going to miss out, but I wish (Api) all the best on Sunday. “If he has a massive game, then he nearly demands that they pick him.”

In another positive sign Koroisau could get the nod – Fittler confirmed he could move McInnes into the forward pack to accommodate his inclusion.

“Cam has had the luxury of playing a lot of lock this year with the Dragons, so there is a great opportunity for a bench spot,” he said.

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