WAITING FOR HONOURS: Broncos winger Corey Oates is happy to be playing well for Brisbane.
WAITING FOR HONOURS: Broncos winger Corey Oates is happy to be playing well for Brisbane. MICK TSIKAS

Origin talk is against grain for Corey Oates

Young Broncos winger Corey Oates is deliberately talking down speculation of a State of Origin call-up, but says he will be ready to pull on a Queensland jumper if he gets selected.

The Maroons have two backline vacancies after the retirement of centre Justin Hodges and injury to Will Chambers.

The youngster admitted watching so many players make their debut in Friday night's Trans-Tasman Test had made him hungry for representative honours.

Many commentators believe Oates was unlucky not to have also run out for Australia in Newcastle, selectors instead opting to hand a Kangaroos jumper to Fijian try-scoring machine Semi Radradra.

Despite that, the 21 year-old from Biloela, who has scored 21 tries in 60 games for Brisbane, wasn't buying into speculation he would be on the plane to Sydney for game one against New South Wales on June 1, saying: "I just keep on talking it down.

"To be honest I try not to think about it too much," he said.

"I'm just trying to work on my game and get my confidence back (after shoulder surgery) before I can think about Origin.

"I have to be happy with my form for the Broncos first."

Oates is destined for a move into the back-row once he adds some more size to his frame, but for now is adjusting to life on the wing where his defensive play is a huge focus after last year's grand final loss to North Queensland.

"It's my position now. I've been playing outside Reedy (Jack Reed) now for a couple of years and we've got a pretty good bond there we're working on," he said.

"I'm pretty happy with it at the moment."

Oates, who made a split-second decision in the dying seconds of the grand final to come off his wing in defence leading to the Cowboys scoring out wide, said he was working hard to make sure he made the right decisions in such pressure situations.

"You don't make many big decisions in a game, but that one important decision can make your game a lot easier or a lot harder," he said.

Oates has the perfect coach in Wayne Bennett to help him with all his doubts and insecurities, as well as the size, speed and strength to play Origin football.

Meanwhile Brisbane forward Adam Blair is in danger of missing Saturday's "away" match against Manly at Suncorp Stadium after being charged with making a "chicken wing" tackle against Broncos teammate Sam Thaiday in last Friday night's Trans-Tasman Test.

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