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Weyman not in position to think Origin

By Todd Balym 29/04/2009 04:34:31 PM Comments (0)

Given Michael Weyman's history the St George Illawarra prop knows he can't afford to think about next week, let alone State of Origin five weeks away.

Weyman is one of the NRL's standout front-rowers, with his barnstorming start to his career at the Dragons earning him selection in the NSW 40-man squad.

With NSW's props from last year Brett White, Willie Mason and Craig Fitzgibbon left out of the squad due to injury and form, and Newcastle's Ben Cross ruled out with a biceps injury, Weyman looms as a genuine contender for a role up front of the Blues pack.

But the 24-year-old can't even begin contemplating a game which is so far in the future, given he averaged just eight games per season over six years at Canberra due to injury and suspension.

"To be perfectly honest I'm not really worried about it," said Weyman when asked about playing for NSW.

"I just want to play week in and week out and continue to enjoy my football. Whatever happens on the back of that happens.

"It's good to be noticed I suppose but there is a lot of football to be played between now and when the side is named.

"If I can just play consistent football week in, week out, whatever happens outside of that is a bonus."

Weyman said his decision to leave the Raiders was one of the toughest of his career but knows he will look back upon it as an important step.

"I don't think it will be the only turning point in my career, there will be a lot of factors there, but it is certainly something I will look back on," he said.

"It was really hard leaving Canberra after being there since I was 16.

"It was like a second home to me Canberra and it was hard to leave but it's something you've got to do and move on.

"I've still got a lot of family and friends back there. I haven't forgotten Canberra altogether but I needed to move on and change a little bit. I'm really enjoying Wollongong."

Weyman is certain to be picked in the NSW Country side named on Sunday, the Moruya Sharks junior most likely to play alongside Dragons teammate Justin Poore.

They've formed a dominant front row pairing at the Dragons this season, re-uniting their 2002 Australian Schoolboys partnership, and Weyman says it is one of the reasons he is going well this year.

"Me and Poorey are pretty good mates and we enjoy playing together," he said.

"I'm happy off the field and just enjoying my footy on the field."

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