Hindmarsh latest legend keen on Nines comeback

Last updated 16:25 20/02/2014

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Nathan Hindmarsh is keen to follow in the footsteps of fellow NRL greats Brad Fittler and Steve Menzies and make an appearance at the Auckland Nines.

Fittler and Menzies were key drawcards in last weekend's inaugural event and the stunning success of the sold out Eden Park event has fired the imagination of Hindmarsh, who retired at the end of 2012.

Hindmarsh was on the sideline as part of the Parramatta support staff as Fittler returned for the Sydney Roosters after 10 years away in their opening game of the tournament.

Speaking at the launch of the NSWRL's Hogs for the Homeless tour on Thursday, Hindmarsh said he was eyeing off the 2015 Nines.

"It looked good out there," Hindmarsh, 34, said.

"After seeing Freddie and Beaver play you think, 'well it's Nines, its not your bash up week-to-week NRL game so there is room for past players to play'.

"It would be great to play in, having Fittler and Beaver added to the hype of it all.

"There were moments there when I thought 'geez how exciting would it be to run out there'.

"It was very well organised and it was a great spectacle and I'm looking forward to next year."

With the Roosters' priority Saturday's World Club Challenge against Wigan, Fittler was asked by Roosters chairman Nick Politis to take part in the Nines.

Menzies was approached by Manly after injuries to Steve Matai and Jamie Lyon caught them short.

Fittler has already indicated his interest in playing Nines again next year and Hindmarsh could be one of a number of ex-players making a return.

"You never say never and if someone asked me I would seriously think about it," Hindmarsh said.

"But no one has asked yet.

"It would be easier for blokes like myself or Beaver, and you toss up Luke Burt or Matt Cooper, guys who haven't been out of the game that long, to get out there, it would be a lot easier for them than it was for Freddie."

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