With the State of Origin series rapidly approaching, the head honchos in the New South Blues have been forced to consider a drastic measure.

After the Women’s Blues sprung some huge selection changes in the form of veteran playmaker Rachael Pearson earning a recall for this Thursday night’s Game One in Brisbane, the Men’s team are now also considering pulling the trigger in the halves.

NSW great Andrew ‘Joey’ Johns has been spotted kicking a few filthy torpedoes this week, as the perennially underachieving state of NSW faces a playmaking crisis in its ranks.

It’s believed that the former great may be coming out of retirement for a cameo in this years Origin series, following a spate of injuries to key personel.

While injuries to stars like Tom Trbojevic have caused plenty of consternation, afflictions to halves Nathan Cleary, Mitchell Moses and Adam Reynolds have caused some serious head scratching for the new coach Michael ‘Madge’ Maguire.

So, as a result of the chalkmen from the richest, most privileged and populous Rugby League state going down, Maguire is now hoping to spring a 2005 and bring the great Newcastle half into his squad to get the result done.

Famous for resurrecting the Blues in 2005, before they lost 8 series in a row, Joey came into camp to turn in one of the greatest performances the game’s ever seen.

Now, 19 years on, Joey is set to get a few schooners into the boys hands before running them absolutely ragged day after day of Origin camp.

It’s believed Joey will likely pair Cronulla Sharks half Nicho Hynes, in what promises to be a lethal combination of Cenny Coast meets Cessnock.

More to come.


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