Mclean seeks a year of ac­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER

TOW­ER­ING Cow­boys prop Jor­dan Mclean says just stay­ing on the pad­dock will be his big­gest mo­ti­va­tion in 2019 af­ter in­jury sti­fled his first sea­son in North Queens­land.

Mclean was re­stricted to just 10 NRL games last sea­son af­ter a Lis­franc in­jury side­lined him for four months as the Cow­boys crashed out of fi­nals con­tention.

The 27-year-old had been North Queens­land’s prized re­cruit af­ter win­ning a premier­ship with the Storm in 2017 and mak­ing his de­but for Aus­tralia in their World Cup tri­umph.

Mclean was im­pres­sive when he was ac­tu­ally on the field for the Cow­boys, av­er­ag­ing 139m a game as they won four of their last six matches, and he was keen to build on that form.

“It’d be nice to play more than 10 games so hope­fully I can knock a few out this year,” Mclean said.

“I think we just picked up where we left off at the end of the year. We haven’t gone back­wards at all, we’ve prob­a­bly ramped up a lit­tle bit.

“She’s pretty warm up here so ev­ery­one’s sweat­ing pretty pro­fusely while we’re train­ing.

“We’ve still got a few weeks to deal with that be­fore the sea­son starts so we’ll try and get the most out of them.”

The Cow­boys have bol­stered their for­ward pack over the off-sea­son by bring­ing in Bron­cos en­forcer Josh Mcguire, who is likely to part­ner Mclean as the start­ing props.

The pair has al­ready played to­gether for Aus­tralia and Mclean said he was ex­cited about what Mcguire will add to North Queens­land’s mid­dle ro­ta­tion.

“I’ve played a few games with him be­fore so I know what he’s about and he’ll def­i­nitely bring some much needed grunt there in the mid­dle,” he said.

Mclean was part of the Blues coach Brad Fit­tler’s train-on squad in Syd­ney last month and he said earn­ing a long-awaited Ori­gin de­but would also be in the back of his mind.

“We had that bit of an emerg­ing camp there so that let ev­ery­one know what was ex­pected of them if they want to get a jumper,” Mclean said.

“I’ll keep that quiet what was said, but hope­fully through­out the year I can do my job (for the Cow­boys) and if it leads to that I’ll be very happy.”

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