A rookie with blistering speed who spent last year on the wing in the Toyota Cup will wear the Sydney Roosters’ No. 6 jumper and go head to head with Benji Marshall.Coach Brian Smith yesterday named little-known Mark Kheirallah to start at five-eighth against Wests Tigers in Saturday’s Foundation Cup at the SFS and hoped he would unearth a “little nugget of gold” who could fill in for the injured Todd Carney later this year. While Carney is expected to overcome a groin injury for the NRL season-opener against South Sydney, Smith was more than happy to let 21-year-old Kheirallah shine. Kheirallah only got his chance for the Roosters a fortnight ago when back-up five-eighth Jonathan Ford rolled his ankle against Ipswich. “Mark got his opportunity in that game without much preparation and did quite well,” Smith said. “It was one of those opportunities that was bound to happen because blokes get injured in footy. “He’s come from the clouds and grabbed hold of it and every day at training he’s done really well. “He’s exploded in every area, his confidence has soared and it will be interesting to see how he goes. “It’s an opportunity for us to see if we’ve got little a nugget of gold there.” Braith Anasta is expected to spend at least 20 minutes at five-eighth alongside Mitchell Pearce and asked Smith if he wanted him to cover for Carney, but said he would spend most of the game in the back-row. The captain said Kheirallah, who was a South Sydney junior, was the quickest at the club. and be tough to stop if he spotted daylight. Kheirallah said to wear the same No. 6 jumper worn by Carney and Brad Fittler was a huge honour. “Brian let me know late last week at training I’d be playing five-eighth in this game and I was on top of the world,” Kheirallah said

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