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The gloves are on as Sergis battles allergy and an old foe

Sky Blues star Jess Sergis has been more worried about her hands than her NRLW future after suffering an allergic reaction to the grass at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence this week.

With the Blues heading to Queensland on Tuesday, Sergis is looking forward to training in enemy territory to give her hands a much-needed rest.

The 2019 Golden Boot winner has been sporting black plastic and leather gloves around NSW training in a bid to protect her hands ahead of Friday night's Origin clash at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Coincidentally, she isn't the first player to struggle on turf in Sydney with Maroons counterpart Julia Robinson, who Sergis will mark on Friday night, also developing a skin reaction at some venues.

"We've got no idea, I've never had a reaction before … maybe it's all the stress lately causing my hands to blow up because they've been itchy ever since I've been here," Sergis said.

"I know Julia has her issues as well. It's really weird and never happened before. We're going to wait until we get up to the Sunny Coast and suss out the field, hopefully it's better up there for me and they come good for the game."

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The Sky Blues need Sergis at her absolute best as she moves closer to the action in the centres after getting limited opportunities on the wing last season under former coach Andy Patmore.

The 23-year-old only watched a replay of the Origin defeat for the first time on Sunday night when the squad was given some free time in camp.

"I pulled the laptop out and thought I'd watch the game," she said.

"I felt sick watching it, but there were some clear things we needed to work on and that's the exciting part. They're easy fixes.

"We had a slow start but came home strong. That just means we all need to get involved early and back ourselves.

"And being coached by Kylie [Hilder] this year is such a perk because she's played with a lot of us and knows our strengths.

"Having her in helps us a lot. What's changed is how we're going to play and I can't wait to show that on Friday."

As for her future in the NRLW, Sergis offered a cheeky grin and "wait and see" response when asked about her expected Roosters switch this season.

"We're here to play Origin and win Origin and that's what our focus has been about," she said.

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"It's a big year for us. Having the Harvey Norman NSW competition into City-Country, now Origin and we're all positive about the World Cup.

"It's just good to play as much footy as we can."

Sergis revealed that the NRL's centralised contract system for the women's elite competition had received strong support from the majority of players.

"It's a bit messy at the moment but we've got to spread out the talent as evenly as possible," she said.

"Some players are more affected than others but I think the end result will pay off for the NRL."

 

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