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Maroons “Generation Next” already having an effect in Origin camp

No Thurston, Cronk or Smith… worries according to the Queenslanders.

Maroons assistant coach Josh Hannay says the next generation of Origin stars have injected a different culture into the camp, and it’s been a breath of fresh air.

“You certainly feel like there’s a youthful exuberance about the camp. In the last 10 years it’s felt like business as usual but there’s a different feel and different voices.”

Kevin Walters has named Michael Morgan as the man to replace Billy Slater at fullback. The problem is, no one believes it. Hannay put that speculation to bed when he spoke on Nights with Julian King.

“Hand on heart, Morgs will be there at fullback. He’s been playing there the past couple of weeks for the Cowboys. He’ll do a job for us.”

That means no spot for young gun Kalyn Ponga, not even on the bench.

“His time will come sooner rather than later but it’s too big an ask to throw him at the back there in such a big occasion.”

Hannay himself was quite the goalkicker in his day, and he’s been working with makeshift option Valentine Holmes, who’s shown some ability despite not doing the job in clubland.

“He strikes the ball at training as well as you’d like to see.”

Click on play below to hear Josh Hannay talk with Julian King