Mor­gan la­ments his missed chance to suc­ceed Cronk

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL - TRAVIS MEYN

MA­ROONS util­ity Michael Mor­gan has spo­ken of his dis­ap­point­ment at bomb­ing the op­por­tu­nity to re­place Cooper Cronk as Queens­land half­back.

Mor­gan will make his ninth State of Ori­gin ap­pear­ance for the Ma­roons in Wed­nes­day night’s series opener against NSW at the MCG.

It will be the Cow­boys star’s eighth Ori­gin match as a bench util­ity, af­ter Mor­gan’s sole start­ing ap­pear­ance came at cen­tre in last year’s de­cider.

The 26-year-old fin­ished last sea­son as the NRL’s form player, pro­duc­ing an in­cred­i­ble string of per­for­mances to pi­lot North Queens­land to a shock grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance.

Mor­gan was the hot favourite to suc­ceed Cronk in the Ma­roons No. 7 this year, how­ever Queens­land coach Kevin Wal­ters opted for Ben Hunt fol­low­ing the Dragons half­back’s siz­zling start to the sea­son.

While Hunt has only played eight min­utes in the Ori­gin arena, he fired for St George Illawarra as Mor­gan — car­ry­ing an ab­dom­i­nal in­jury — and the Cow­boys strug­gled. Mor­gan ad­mit­ted he let his op­por­tu­nity slip.

“If I had have started the year in re­ally good form at the Cow­boys, I would have given my­self more of a chance,” he said.

Michael Mor­gan.

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