Hodges thought about Origin comeback


Former Queensland centre Justin Hodges revealed an approach from coach Kevin Walters about a potential State of Origin comeback had him considering the option.

Hodges, 33, retired after the Brisbane Broncos' loss to the North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL grand final last year.

But the veteran of 24 Origin games and 13 internationals for Australia said a return was briefly on the cards.

Hodges said he was unsure whether Walters was joking, but he briefly thought about featuring for the Maroons again.

"I think he was just mucking around but at the same time when you say it to a player who has only just recently retired you do think about it, I won't lie about that," he told the NRL website.

"You ask any player, if someone mentions to you about playing Origin, you'd give anything to play.

"When Willie Chambers went down he asked me how fit I was and whether I'd been doing any training. I said I'd been doing a little bit but I told him, 'I think I'm done'.

"I won't lie, when he texted me I was second-guessing, thinking maybe I could do that.

"I've only been retired for six months, it's just like having a six-month injury and you're just coming back for your first game.

"That's what I was thinking in my head but my wife said, 'You're not playing, pull your head in.'

"She told me to move on and to stop thinking about it."

Walters has gaps to fill after Hodges' retirement and injuries to Melbourne Storm duo Chambers and Billy Slater.