Morgan laments his missed chance to succeed Cronk
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.