Awe­some four­some

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brim­ming with con­fi­dence af­ter his de­but Ori­gin se­ries for Queens­land.

Mor­gan re­turned from his time in Ma­roons camp with greater self- belief while surgery to re­move a plas­tic screw float­ing in his an­kle has given the 23- year- old greater con­fi­dence to play his nat­u­ral game.

“The one thing Ori­gin has done is the ex­pec­ta­tions on me and how pro­fes­sional I have to be to con­tinue im­prov­ing in the game,’’ said Mor­gan. ‘‘ I can’t get com­fort­able and hope­fully I can build on that to the back end of the year.

“My an­kle is re­ally, re­ally good. It feels so much bet­ter

COM­BINED STATS FOR EACH TEAM’STEAM’ FULL­BACK, FIVE-FIVE EIGHTH,EIGHTH HALF­BACK AND HOOKERHOO FOR 2015 North Queens­land Bris­bane Can­berra War­riors Syd­ney Roost­ers Manly Mel­bourne Wests Tigers Par­ra­matta South Syd­ney St Ge­orge Illawarra Can­ter­bury New­cas­tle Pen­rith Cronulla Gold Coast Ti­tans

than be­fore, I’m not go­ing into games think­ing about it or think­ing about it in games.

‘‘ It’s not sore. It’s the best it’s been in eight weeks.

“There was a loose screw in there bounc­ing around. It feels bet­ter now that is gone.”

The Cowboys are de­ter­mined not to get swept away in hype or al­low their lad­der

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po­si­tion to open the door for po­ten­tial com­pla­cency.

The fact the Bron­cos sit above them on the lad­der should at least di­lute the ex­pec­ta­tions and hys­te­ria in Queens­land about a po­ten­tial Cowboys premier­ship while North Queens­land fo­cus sim­ply on win­ning.

“The goal is al­ways to fin-

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ish as high as pos­si­ble,’’ said Mor­gan. “But at the same time it sounds bor­ing but we re­ally are talk­ing one game at a time.

“We have a few tough games com­ing up and teams who are re­ally try­ing to get into the eight and they’re go­ing to be throw­ing ev­ery­thing at us to get there.”

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