Broncos winger Corey Oates wants to play as a back-rower.
Even a recall, which he was given on Queensland’s left wing for July 11’s State of Origin game three hasn’t been able to get the thought of being a backrower out of his head.
The 23-year old is out of contract at the end of the season and will definitely be chasing a back-row start; and he hasn’t ruled out leaving Broncos to get it.
Oates will play his first Origin game since playing his last of four for Queensland in last year’s record series-opening 28-4 loss to NSW.
Luck was on his side as an injury to Greg Inglis opened up a spot on the backline for Oates.
“This means everything. It’s the dream. Once you get a taste of it you always want to get it back – I missed it,” Oates told The Sydney Morning Herald in regards to his recall.
“I didn’t think I had a chance at all (this year). A few injuries helped.”
Oates will combine with Dane Gagai but insisted on Wednesday: “I am a back-rower playing on the wing.
“I’m not the electric winger. I am slow and powerful. I feel like a forward.
“I was thrown on the wing when I first came into first grade. I was always coming through as a back-rower, I loved it and still do.”
Oates is still in talks with the Broncos as well as other clubs regarding contract talks, a process that is not helped by Oates being inbetween managers.
When asked if he’d sign for a team who offered him a back row star, Oates answered “You always do (consider it) but you have to look at a lot of other things too, it’s not just one thing I look at signing for a club.
“(But) I feel playing back row brings more out of me than the wing.”