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Lockyer leaving retirement talk alone

By Wayne Heming 13/07/2009 05:01:58 PM Comments (0)

Queensland great Darren Lockyer says there are too many factors to weigh up to know whether Wednesday night will be his farewell Origin game.

Lockyer, 32, has been pressured to declare if his 30th Origin against NSW will bring the curtain down on his representative career after leading Australia in the end-of-year Quad series involving current World Cup holders New Zealand, Great Britain and France.

It's been suggested by some - and strongly rejected by the Broncos - that the NRL club would want their champion five-eighth to step down from all representative football in return for a new two-year contract.

Lockyer, who said on Monday the Broncos were "sweet" with whatever he wanted to do, will make his decision early next year as he did before declaring himself available for the 2009 series.

"I'm not going to make any decision about rep football until the start of (next) season," said Lockyer when hit with the "r" word yet again.

"There'll be things I'll need to take into consideration - the Broncos will be one, but obviously my own mental and physical health, and also where Queensland's at.

"Things could change between now and next year anyway."

Lockyer said his first ever 3-0 whitewash would also be a factor.

"If we happen to win on Wednesday night, it's something I haven't been a part of so it would be a factor I guess," he said.

Lockyer, from rural Roma, wants to repay Brisbane for giving him his start and there's also coaching opportunities down the track if that appeals.

With such a young backline, Brisbane struggled badly without their Origin stars in the NRL this year and having Lockyer's experience and leadership to guide them through that period for the next few years would be a big bonus.

"I don't know where any of this is going to be in February next year, so it's a bit hard to predict what I'll do but obviously the Broncos will play a big part in it all."

Not playing in 2008 series made Lockyer keen to go around for Queensland this year but, having created history, he agrees it would be the perfect time to go out a winner.

"Last year I wasn't playing, and I also had the knee (injury)," he said.

"At times I was wondering whether I'd ever get over it.

"There was a few things going through my head last year. Those same thoughts are going again this year."

NSW should be happy Lockyer has not announced his retirement.

The Maroons would be impossible to beat with that kind of emotion in front of a 50,000 Suncorp Stadium crowd.

Lockyer raised eyebrows on Monday suggesting injured Bulldogs prop Ben Hannant could be a possible shock replacement for flu victim Steve Price if he fails to bounce back by game day.

Hannant hasn't played since battling through the last 10 minutes of the second Origin win in Sydney with a medial ligament strain as Queensland wrapped up and historic fourth straight series.

"It's an outside chance," said Lockyer of the Bulldog.

"The only reason I say that is because he's been with us all week and he's been running.

"But to be honest, it's highly unlikely Pricey won't play but it is a possibility I suppose."

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