Queensland coach Kevin Walters has rubbished reports Daly Cherry-Evans is not being considered for Origin III, confirming he’s well and truly in the mix.
The Maroons are in desperate need of someone who is capable of filling the big hole left by Johnathan Thurston, who will miss the rest of the NRL season as he battles a shoulder injury.
Cherry-Evans is among a list of candidates being watched carefully ahead of the July 12 encounter, with Michael Morgan, Corey Norman, Moses Mbye and Ben Hunt also a chance to get a call up.
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Walters admitted on Monday that Cherry-Evans is in the hottest form of his career after leading the Sea Eagles to the top four for the first time in three seasons.
“He’s obviously played Origin before so that’s a big bonus for him, and I think he’s in career-best form,” Walters said on Fox Sports’ NRL360.
“When he was picked for Queensland last time, I don’t think he was playing as well as what he is at the moment with the Manly side. He’s certainly in contention.
“Certainly all of his stats are pointing in the right direction. He’s having a great year for the Manly side, but we’ve got to make a decision ourselves once we get through the weekend
“He’s one of those guys that we’re looking at. He’s in the mix, definitely.”
Both states name their teams next Monday.