Blair ready to impress officials
IT MAY be summer but Maryborough’s Maurice Blair will have his mind set on impressing rugby league officials in Brisbane this weekend.
The 25-year-old Penrith Panthers representative will tackle a two-day camp with the 14-strong Queensland Rugby League Emerging State of Origin squad.
The camp is all part of a plan to let young players know what being a part of a Maroon team is all about and those in the camp will join the Maroons at various stages throughout the State of Origin campaign.
Blair, who played for Wallaroos and Rovers in the Heritage City, and the rest of the squad will also get put through their paces by two of the best in the business, Wayne Bennett and Mal Meninga.
Blair said he couldn’t wait to get into camp.
“My dream has always been to pull on a Maroon jersey since I was a kid so this will give me a great insight into what’s needed to make that become a reality,” Blair, who said he hoped to play in the Panthers first trial of the season against Parramatta in four weeks time, said.