SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 08: Corey Oates of the Broncos watches on during the round one NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Brisbane Broncos at UOW Jubilee Oval on March 8, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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.”

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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.”