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Maroons mount search for new star

By Brent Read and Wayne Heming 07/05/2004 08:25:31 PM Comments (0)

Former Cowboys hooker Doyle came from the clouds to make his Origin debut in 2001 - a move which proved a success as Queensland won the series 2-1.

With injury eating away at a preliminary 22-man squad named by Queensland two weeks ago, Miles hasn't ruled out calling up any players from the NRL for the opening Origin game at Telstra Stadium on May 26.

"Just over a week ago we were looking terrific and now we're searching," Miles said.

"We plucked John Doyle out of obscurity in 2001 and we're just hoping to find another one like him." Miles has been forced to scour the NRL ranks after injuries to Brisbane five-eighth Darren Lockyer (rib), who has already been ruled out of Origin I, and his teammate Shaun Berrigan, who is in doubt with a hamstring injury.

Those injuries have forced the Broncos to recall Ben Ikin for Sunday's game against Canberra, only eight months after he announced his retirement from the NRL.

Ikin, who is playing in the Queensland Cup, has been named on the Broncos' bench and Miles refused to rule him out as an Origin candidate.

While it's unlikely Ikin would make a shock representative return, Miles said he could not "shut the door" on any player because of the mounting injury toll.

Asked about Ikin's Origin claims, Miles said: "We just can't shut the door on any option at the moment.

"We really don't know who is going to play there (five-eighth)."

Ikin's return came as the Australian Rugby Union refused to close the door on signing Darren Lockyer.

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