QUEENSLAND enforcer Nate Myles will not “stuff around” with a decision on whether to play in next Wednesday’s third Origin against New South Wales in Sydney.
A recent knee clean-out which was not routine has the Manly forward in some doubt.
But the 31-year-old warrior of 30 Origins for Queensland is hopeful of making a quick decision and not letting speculation drag into the weekend.
The fact Myles gave himself an outside chance of playing for Manly in Monday’s big win over St George Illawarra would suggest he’s a good chance of going up against his old sparring partner Paul Gallen in Sydney.
“There’s a bit of work to do but it’s on the mend now,” Myles said yesterday of his chance of playing.
“I was touch and go for the game last night but there was a delay with one of the other procedures that was performed with the clean-out.”
Myles said he would not “beat around the bush”.
“I’m not going to stuff around with it, the team deserves better than that,” he said.
“I am going to know pretty early if it will be good or not and I am feeling pretty confident at the moment.”
Myles, who has two more years on his contract with Manly, appeared to take exception to an article I wrote suggesting next Wednesday night’s Origin could be his last for Queensland.
“I look forward to hopefully this not being my last one,” he said.
Myles said he treated every game as if it was (potentially) his last.
“The older guys are under pressure from the young guys and I enjoy that stuff,” he said.
“A lot of the stories that get tossed up is what you guys (media) do for work and everyone is entitled to their opinion.
“But a lot of it is horses**t.”
Young Brisbane prop Josh McGuire, who played tough in his starting debut in Origin II when the Maroons wrapped up the series, said he was ready to step aside if Myles was cleared to play.
“I was extremely grateful to Kevvie (coach Kevin Walters) for giving me that opportunity,” McGuire said.
“If Nate comes back I expect he will start. He’s played 30 Origins and he’s a great leader of this team.
“His presence on the football field is an inspiration to his teammates and I try and pick his mind whenever I can.”
Queensland heads to Sanctuary Cove today where it will prepare to inflict a first Origin cleansweep since 2010.