Cooper se­lected for Ori­gin

Coach Kevin Wal­ters picked the Mur­gon ta­lent this week

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Kea­gan El­der kea­gan.el­der@apn.com.au

MA­ROONS coach Kevin Wal­ters didn’t show any hes­i­ta­tion to in­clude for­mer Mur­gon Mus­tang Gavin Cooper with a State of Ori­gin se­ries clean sweep in sight.

Bet­ter late than never, Cooper, 30, will be one of the old­est debu­tants af­ter Danny Nut­ley who played one game in 2005 aged 31.

Wal­ters said Cooper was a lit­tle shocked to re­ceive the news he had been se­lected, af­ter his name had been brought up a num­ber of times be­fore.

“His words were, ‘I thought that ship had sailed’,” he said.

Wal­ters said Cooper had shown great strength within the Cow­boys ranks and was a de­served re­place­ment for in­jured Josh Pa­palii in Ori­gin III.

“He’s (Cooper) been a great player for the Cow­boys over the dis­tance,” he said.

“Gavin is the best player at the mo­ment for us to choose.”

Wal­ters said the in­clu­sion of Cooper was well ap­proved by the rest of Ma­roons squad, par­tic­u­larly close Cow­boys team mate Johnathan Thurston.

“I know him and Johnathan Thurston have a good re­la­tion­ship,” he said.

“I know there’s a lot of play­ers amongst that Queens­land team that are re­ally, re­ally happy to see Gavin fi­nally get an op­por­tu­nity.”

Cooper’s ar­rival at camp was de­layed due to the birth of his sec­ond child ear­lier this week.

Kevin Wal­ters

I know there’s a lot of play­ers amongst that Queens­land team that are re­ally, re­ally happy to see Gavin fi­nally get an op­por­tu­nity

PHOTO: ROBB COX

FI­NALLY: Gavin Cooper, 30, was fi­nally named in the Ma­roons squad to play in Ori­gin III on Wed­nes­day, July 13 in Syd­ney.

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