Keary ‘ still a Ma­roon’

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - 2018 GRAND FINAL - THE PLAY­MAKER TRAVIS MEYN

KEVIN Wal­ters still re­gards Luke Keary as a Queens­lan­der and ad­mits it dis­ap­points him that the Syd­ney Roost­ers fiveeighth can­not pull on a Ma­roons jersey.

Keary, 26, was born and raised in Ip­swich be­fore mov­ing to NSW with his par­ents as a 10-year-old.

Af­ter nine years in Syd­ney, Keary re­turned to Queens­land in 2011 and turned out for the Burleigh Bears where he caught the eyes of South Syd­ney of­fi­cials.

In the early years of his NRL ca­reer, Keary de­clared he wanted to play for Queens­land, how­ever State of Ori­gin el­i­gi­bil­ity rules made him a Blue be­cause of his time spent in NSW.

Queens­land coach Wal­ters, who also hails from Ip­swich, said he still re­garded Keary to have Ma­roon blood.

“I re­gard Luke Keary as a Queens­lan­der,” he said. “It does (dis­ap­point me that he can’t play for Queens­land) but we won’t go down that path.’’

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