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19th of July 2018


Corey Oates has the chance to prove he should never have left at all

Some bad luck for Greg Inglis has helped Corey Oates return to State of Origin. Now the bruising Brisbane winger wants to make his presence felt, on the field and perhaps at the negotiating table later in the year.

Oates knows his task next Wednesday night, when he joins Dane Gagai on the left side of the field at Suncorp Stadium. It will be to put the brakes on Tom Trbojevic and his Brisbane team-mate James Roberts, two of the bright faces of the new Blues.

Corey Oates in action for the Broncos earlier this year.

Corey Oates in action for the Broncos earlier this year.

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"Bit of speed out there, isn't there? I just think we've got to get up in their face, try and shut their speed down," said Oates, who has been in excellent form in the NRL as Brisbane march towards the finals.

But there is more at stake than just an Origin spot for Oates. He still doesn't have a club for next season and beyond and has designs of deploying his big frame in the back row.

That's a chance he's unlikely to get at Red Hill given the depth they have in the position. Souths have been mentioned as potential suitors as they chase a replacement for the departing Angus Crichton.

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