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Darren or Darrell asks Mrs Lockyer

Wayne Heming 07/07/2011 04:30:15 PM Comments (0)

Loren Lockyer wasn't sure if she'd be spending the weekend with Darren Lockyer or Darrell Lockyer.

Darren is the father of their young boy Sunny and champion Queensland five-eighth, who bowed out of State of Origin a popular winner on Wednesday night.

Darrell Lockyer is his alter-ego.

He makes an appearance every now and then when the pressure is off and it's time to unwind a have a little fun.

It's a side of Lockyer those close to him, like his family, friends and team mates get to to enjoy occasionally.

Long-time coach Wayne Bennett, a teetotaller, says Darrell Lockyer can be just as entertaining as the more serious Darren Lockyer is on the football field.

Like former Queensland team mates Allan Langer and Steve Walters, who still occasionally cause havoc with their antics, Darrell Lockyer makes the players laugh when he makes an impromptu appearance.

"He's not Darrell very often, but when he used to drink a bit more he was Darrell," laughed his wife Loren.

"He's a very funny man when you get to see the relaxed side of him.

"Darrell will probably come out on the weekend when we're in Pottsville taking a break."

Wednesday night's win was the highlight for her because it signalled the end of his Origin career.

"I haven't got him back just yet, the Broncos have still got a bit to do, so let's hope they can also make it to the end (grand final)," she said, still beaming after a wonderful night for her husband and his proud parents David and Sharon who were in the packed Suncorp Stadium stands.

"It's brilliant. We couldn't have wished for a better result or a better ending for him, we're all so proud and happy.

"I think he was nervous but he keeps his composure very well."

She was confident there would be no second thoughts of a comeback for her husband who'd spent the last 16 years devoted to the game.

"He knows he's made the right decision and now they've won he knows it's time," she said.

"Darren doesn't say much, he really is pretty humble.

"But I think he might reflect a lot in the years to come and realise that `geez, I was pretty good'."

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