Cordner confident in State of Origin return
NSW's Origin attack features the return of 22-year-old Boyd Cordner who according to coach Laurie Daley is up to the task of reclaiming the Origin shield.
Donning the Blues interchange jersey, Cordner will make his debut in a game one State of Origin clash, following solid outings in consecutive 2013-14 Game III clashes.
"It's a new experience for me being with game one - it's something new to me and something pretty exciting," he said.
"I'm not going to get too far ahead of myself, I know that there is great competition for a back row spot.
"There are a lot of back rowers in the comp these days - I suppose it just motivates me and pushes me to play my best footy."
Playing on one of the youngest NSW sides to date, Cordner is confident he has the experience required to tackle rugby league's biggest stage.
"I've had a little bit of growing up to do," he said.
"I'm still 22-years-old, but I don't feel that way - I've had a lot of experience and coming in to first grade younger… it's made me mature a bit quicker.
Cordner agreed with Daley that Roosters half Mitchell Pearce had set an example as to how to overcome disappointment to make it back to the top of the game.
"I'm so proud of Pearcey - to see where he was last year and to see where he is now just goes to show what sort of person he is," he said.
"I don't think he'll be letting anyone down."
With game one looming, Cordner said Coffs Harbour had proved a solid training ground for next week's kick-off.
"It's a bit isolated which is good," he said.
"We've had couple of really long days with emotional work, and another big day today.
"I'm loving my footy and that's the number one in my life at the moment - and I'm looking forward to getting better every day."