The threat to Queensland that could ‘last a long time’
Roomies and record-breakers.
James Tedesco believes the Origin selection of Luke Keary, his Roosters teammate and Blues camp roommate, has gifted NSW an attacking spine that can dominate Queensland for years to come.
NSW are chasing a third consecutive Origin series win this year - a feat only the 1992-94 Blues were able to manage.
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On the verge of state selection for the past three seasons, Keary will wear the Blues no.6 jersey he has always dream of at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday night.
Tedesco, the NSW champion fullback, has developed a strong bond with Keary at the Roosters and along with Blues halfback Nathan Cleary, the lethal trio will be charged with breaking down the Maroons.
Tedesco said that not only would Keary thrive in the Origin arena - but develop a spine combination within the side that can carry the Blues to greater success in the future.
"Keary is a big-game player and he's been waiting for an opportunity for years now, but once he's in now I'm sure he won't let it go,'' Tedesco said.
"And Nathan (Cleary) he's that young, but he's already one of the best halves in the game, so we're going to keep building our combinations on and off the field.
"It's a combination that can last a long time for the Blues."
Tedesco said Keary won't be accused of playing with fear or intimidation.
"He's been ready for years, he could've played two or three years ago,'' Tedesco said of Keary.
"He's shown what a big game player he is. He's won grand finals, a Clive Churchill Medal, he's led our team around for years and I don't think Origin will be much different.
"We're roomies as well, so obviously I've given him a bit of advice.
"But Keary is just a feel player, he doesn't really like to overthink too much.
"He just likes to go out there and play footy and that's his greatest strength.
"He won't let the game pass him, he'll take his opportunities when he sees them, but obviously we've got to connect up as much as possible.''
Tedesco has been passed-fit to face the Maroons after completing all testing on an MCL knee injury.
Originally published as The threat to Queensland that could 'last a long time'