ORIGIN hopeful Chris McQueen admits it was a “little bit scary” meeting Wayne Bennett for the first time.

But the South Sydney Rabbitohs utility wasn’t showing any nerves when he hit the training paddock with his QAS Emerging Origin squad teammates in Brisbane last Saturday morning.

The Kingaroy Red Ants junior tore into his work in the hour-long ball work session directed by Bennett, Maroons mentor Mal Meninga and assistant Michael Hagan.

“Yeah, definitely, it really makes you feel a part of what Origin is all about, so it’s really good to be here,” McQueen told QRL TV.

“I hope so, you know, that’s what every kid wants to do growing up, they just want to play for their state, they want to play for their country so I feel like I could have a couple of good years and get a start."

McQueen’s selection in the Emerging Origin squad is another feather in the cap for the versatile footballer who once terrorised opposition sides in Kingaroy.

“Yes, I was a Red Ant for about five or six years, I think we won a grand final every year I was there, but that wasn’t that hard because there weren’t many other teams around,” he said.

“Then I moved to Wynnum Manly and played one year of Colts and a couple years of Cup and at the end of 2008 moved to Sydney and got a start with the Rabbitohs.”



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