Veteran prop Nate Myles has dismissed suggestions that he could be playing his last State of Origin game for Queensland.
Myles, 31, has been named for July 13’s Origin III in Sydney but must overcome a knee injury that sidelined him for their series clinching game two win in Brisbane last month.
Barely three weeks after knee surgery, Myles says he will make a final fitness call on whether he can play his 31st Origin in the coming days.
“I haven’t been given a deadline but I am not going to stuff around,” he said.
“The team deserves better than that.
“I will know pretty early if I am good or not but I am feeling pretty confident.”
Myles was slotted into the Queensland 17 for bench utility Michael Morgan (knee).
The other new face is North Queensland backrower Gavin Cooper, who replaces injured bench forward Josh Papalii.
Myles admitted he was under pressure to keep his Origin spot but wouldn’t have it any other way.
“The older guys are under pressure but I enjoy that kind of stuff,” he said.
“It’s a positive considering the success Queensland has had.
“(But) I am not saying this is my last Origin.
“I am contracted two years after this – there is no time frame.”
Myles did not believe Queensland coach Kevin Walters missed a chance to blood new talent in next week’s dead rubber, saying Cooper’s selection sent a strong message.
Cooper makes his Origin debut at 30 and in his 11th NRL season.
“Gavin Cooper coming in for his first game is fantastic,” Myles said.
“The young guys will see that and say ‘I am not going to take this for granted, this guy is 30, been one of the best players in the comp and he’s getting his first game’.
“It’s another realisation for our players to pick their game up again.”