Justin Hodges speaks with the press at the Palmer Coolum Resort ahead of an Origin training session.
Justin Hodges speaks with the press at the Palmer Coolum Resort ahead of an Origin training session. Iain Curry

Is this the last State of Origin series for Qld's Hodges?

QUEENSLAND Origin veteran Justin Hodges has admitted this series could be his last as he considers retiring from rep football.

Hodges said he felt indebted to the Broncos who have stuck by him through an injury-plagued career including 2010 when he ruptured his achilles tendon during pre-season training, and subsequently missed the entire season.

"Obviously we're all getting older and all that type of stuff and you always treat these games as if they could be your last," Hodges said.

"I've thought about retiring from rep football a lot and obviously I'm getting older and the club always comes first.

"They've always been good to me, the Broncos, and I think it's slowly coming to that time when I have to give rep away."

Not taking his maroon jersey for granted, Hodges, 31, says his time on the sidelines has inspired him as he attempts to put in the performance of his career for game one on Wednesday night in Sydney.

"It's never easy to give away your jersey, especially when you get injured and you have to fight to get it back, and when you get it back, you don't want to let it go," he said.

"In saying that I do owe a lot to the Broncos and they stuck by me so it is coming to that time but when I'm fit and healthy I'm still playing good footy.

"I won't put the Queensland jersey in jeopardy and won't go out there and try to disrespect it.

"Everyone's got to come to an end sometime, but at the moment I feel very confident and the body's really good and hopefully I can still do the Queensland jersey proud."

Focused on helping Queensland to an eighth straight series win, Hodges said he would make a decision on his future at the end of the season following the World Cup in the UK.

"I haven't played in a World Cup before and had to pull out in 2008 with shoulder ... reconstruction, so it's something I haven't done yet," he said.

"It's a burning desire to play in a World Cup and win and hopefully I get through the season good and can tour at the end of the year."

Meanwhile, Johnathan Thurston failed to train yesterday because of a virus.



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