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Finding club form motivates McCullough more than Origin

ANDREW McCullough will be one of 14 promising Queensland players invited to this weekend's Emerging Origin camp in Brisbane but the Dalby talent says he isn't driven by pulling on a Maroons jersey.

McCullough and the likes of Ben Barba, Daly-Cherry Evans, Josh McGuire and Roma's Ben Ridge will this afternoon go into a three-day camp at the Queensland Academy of Sport in Brisbane where the talented youngsters can push for inclusion in the history-making Queensland State of Origin team.

The emerging squad will train under Maroons coach Mal Meninga and revered mentor Wayne Bennett.

Many will be hoping to break into the Queensland squad this year but hooker McCullough says he is motivated more by trying to perform well at club level for the Brisbane Broncos rather than the possibility of earning a Maroons jersey.

He also has arguably the toughest task of the Origin hopefuls, playing the same position as Queensland and Australian captain Cameron Smith.

"It's good to get recognised but it's only a small proportion of what's out there. You want good club form," McCullough said after he and the Broncos squad trained in Ipswich yesterday.

"I had a more consistent year last year and I just want to be consistent again.

"I'm not worried about playing Origin and who's in my position."

Meanwhile, Broncos players will visit the south-west early next month as part of the NRL Community Carnival.

Players will visit schools in Toowoomba, Roma and St George from February 5-8.


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