There will probably be no dream debut for Cowboys veteran Jordan McLean in subsequent week’s State of Origin decider, after the prop was dominated out right now with a hamstring damage.
The 30-year-old was a shock inclusion within the Blues’ fold after Payne Haas was compelled out of the facet, however pulled up lame at coaching.
McLean confirmed the information, and that now means Newcastle’s Jacob Saifiti could possibly be in line for his debut choice, or coach Brad Fittler might look exterior the squad, specifically at Parramatta’s Reagan Campbell-Gillard, to fill the hole.
“I am completely gutted,” he mentioned.
“The toughest half will probably be telling my household.”
Saifiti will seemingly have the within observe, as he is already within the squad – which means he might earn a NSW cap three years after his twin brother Daniel first obtained the identical honour.
Daniel returned to the sector final week with Newcastle after lacking a month with a knee damage.
It is brutal luck for McLean, who has been loved a stable season with North Queensland since becoming a member of from the Storm again in 2018.
“My profession has been stuffed with ups and downs and I’ve sort of gotten used to it,” he mentioned.
“However I assumed I could be at a little bit of a lightweight on the finish of the tunnel getting this chance, nevertheless it wasn’t to be.”
Extra to come back