Brisbane prop Jensen emerges as Maroons bolter

Joel Gould |

Broncos prop Corey Jensen is a possible bolter for inclusion in Queensland’s State of Origin squad.
Broncos prop Corey Jensen is a possible bolter for inclusion in Queensland’s State of Origin squad.

Brisbane prop Corey Jensen has emerged as a bolter to join the Queensland squad for the State of Origin series opener.

AAP understands Jensen is being considered for the 17, or to be part of an extended squad, ahead of game one of the series on June 5 in Sydney.

The 30-year-old has played his best football at the Broncos, where he leads the way up front with NSW prop Payne Haas.

Second-rower Jordan Riki, speaking after the Broncos’ training session on Thursday ahead of Sunday’s clash with Gold Coast at Suncorp Stadium, said Jensen would not let Queensland down.

“Corey has gone to another gear this year, he has been awesome for us, defensively and in attack,” Riki said.

“He is one of those quiet achievers. He doesn’t say much, but when he gets on the field he tucks the ball under his arm, runs as hard as he can and makes his tackles. 

“We needed to rely on him after losing Fleggy (Thomas Flegler), and he has been massive for us, so I hope he does get a position in the Queensland Maroons squad. He would do the state proud.”

The Maroons are depleted in the middle forwards, with Tom Gilbert and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui out with season-ending knee injuries.

Dolphins prop Flegler is also unavailable, throwing Jensen into the mix.

“As a Queenslander, you dream of Origin,” Jensen said.

“I watched it growing up and you always want to be there one day. All I can control is how I am playing footy here, and if it’s something Billy (Maroons coach Billy Slater) wants to look at, I would be 100 per cent grateful for it. 

“I would love to just be a part of the arena and be part of the Queensland squad and mingle with those guys.

“To be around those guys would be a dream come true. I am here to play my role for the team. If I’m playing good footy, you never know what can happen.”

Jensen’s style of football would not be out of place in the Origin arena.

“I have always been one of those hard-working type of players,” he said.

“I don’t do anything fancy, I just get the team forward and defend well and do the little one-percenters and that’s what I try and build my game around. 

“If that’s something Billy is looking at, I will 100 per cent put my hand up to be ready to go on in that arena.” 

In Broncos team news, fullback Reece Walsh trained strongly on Thursday and will return from a week’s absence with a knee injury against the Titans.

“He’ll play,” coach Kevin Walters told AAP.