Maroons coach Mal Meninga says Israel Folau would have to earn his location in Queensland’s record breaking State of Origin side if he does come back to rugby league subsequent yr.
Meninga, who has coached Queensland to victory in the last seven series towards New South Wales, mentioned 23-year-old Folau would not be a “stroll up start” into his side.
“It’s not a lay down misere that if he plays rugby league he is going to go straight into the Queensland side,” Meninga told the Courier Mail right after Folau announced on Thursday he was strolling out on the final two many years of his multi-million dollar AFL deal with Higher Western Sydney.
“He has a bit of function to do and I respect the gamers that have done a terrific occupation for Queensland for the last couple of many years.”
Queensland won this year’s series with Darius Boyd and Brent Tate on the wings and Justin Hodges and Dane Nielsen in the centres, with Greg Inglis playing fullback.
Folau starred in Meninga’s Queensland side in 2008-2010 prior to the AFL swooped with a massive offer after viewing him as a wonderful publicity magnet for their growth into Sydney’s rugby league heartland, the city’s outer west.
Meninga, who invited Folau to contact him for a chat, mentioned the former Brisbane and Melbourne star could return to rugby league a much better player with the additional expertise he would have figured out taking part in AFL.
Master coach Wayne Bennett is tipping a rapid return to the best for Folau should he return to rugby league as expected, even though he would be out of reach of most clubs who have an added $ 700,000 to work with in their upgraded 2013 salary cap.
“Rugby league is his sport,” explained the 7-time NRL premiership-winning coach, now with the Newcastle Knights.
“The great issue is he’ll begin the pre-season along with every person else with whichever club he chooses and be proper to go in 2013.
“It won’t take him lengthy to get back to the top once again.”