McQueen on track for Tigers trial return



  • McQueen on track for Tigers trial return
    Author Alicia Newton
    Sat 27 Jan 2018, 11:08 PM

    Wests Tigers back-rower Chris McQueen is ready to overcome nerves as he prepares to make a return to rugby league following career-saving neck surgery last season.

    McQueen received the all-clear from surgeons a fortnight ago that he has made a full recovery from the disc replacement and fusion procedures he underwent in July.

    After six months of rehabilitation, on the Gold Coast and in Sydney, the 30-year-old is eyeing off the chance to feature in the club’s first trial against the North Queensland Cowboys in Cairns on February 17.

    “The surgeon said it couldn’t have healed up better,” McQueen said.

    “I don’t get the tingles or numbness anymore, and I haven’t had a burner since so it’s been a success.”

    The former Gold Coast Titans forward missed the final two months of the 2017 season in a bid to undergo surgery and ensure he was 100 per cent fit for his new club after signing a three-year deal to return to Sydney.

    He will work with Wests Tigers medical staff to be eased back into man-on-man collisions ahead of the pre-season fixtures.

    Understandably, the first point of contact is set to come with nerves.

    “It would be unnatural if you don’t feel nervous but I think after the first one it will be full speed ahead,” McQueen said.

    "It’s been a slow process but we’ve had that time up our sleeve so we’re starting to tick those boxes.

    "I still haven’t properly wound up yet and tried to whack someone but have done stuff with pads at 100 per cent and plenty of ground and wrestle work.

    “I certainly want to play trials and I feel like I need to before round one. Whether it’s the first, second or even both we’ll see where I’m at.”

    After six seasons at the South Sydney Rabbitohs, his return to the Harbour City following a two-year stint on the Gold Coast has felt like a seamless transition.

    With more than 10 new faces in the squad, the former Queensland representative said the high turnover of personnel had made it easier to gel quickly.

    “I feel like I’ve done a good job fitting in,” McQueen said.

    "It’s been what I expected, obviously the Tigers have done a great job recruiting so all the standards have been high in terms of a team perspective.

    "I think after being in a first-grade system long enough everyone gets to know everyone in all teams.

    “The rugby league community is small now, it’s not too hard to fit in to a new club.”

    Part of the new culture at Concord includes plenty of off-field bonding.

    The squad recently went over to coach Ivan Cleary’s house for a get-together after a gruelling pre-season.

    “It’s hard to get all the boys together somewhere and be out in public so we all went over to his place, had a few beers and spent some time together,” McQueen said.

    "It was the first opportunity for most of the partners to get to meet each other.

    "He’s a bit different to other coaches I’ve had. He knows when to switch on and off.

    “When he’s on the field he knows what needs to be said but once we step off the field he knows how to unwind and have a joke – be a normal bloke.”



  • He also said he was not worried about the risk of re-injury as the discs that caused the injury have been removed. Hopefully that ends all the paranoia about him being a risk.



  • Hope he still wants a maroon jumper and busts his nads to get noticed. Will be great for us.



  • Good to see that he should be right to go for round one.
    I’d like to see McQueen and Josh Aloiai start in the 2nd row.


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    Ivan must have a big house….wonder if Nathan was home for the BBQ…

    I still don’t see what McQueen offers that Lawrence doesn’t very similar in performance over the last 2 years and yet to see anyone offer a reason what apart from to say he is better which is just an opinion…yet a lot have McQueen starting…



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    Good to see that he should be right to go for round one.
    I’d like to see McQueen and Josh Aloiai start in the 2nd row.

    I just posted on the captain thread that you could go with Eisenhuth. McQueen and Aloiai as your backrow. That would be a big damaging backrow.

    Cleary might have developed a better squad but he is going to have problems picking the team.

    Geo - I think Lawrence will get picked because he runs hard at pace and he typically has good defence.


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    Ivan must have a big house….wonder if Nathan was home for the BBQ…

    I still don’t see what McQueen offers that Lawrence doesn’t very similar in performance over the last 2 years and yet to see anyone offer a reason what apart from to say he is better which is just an opinion…yet a lot have McQueen starting…

    Better hands, better lateral defence. Has also played at Origin and Test level in that poition.



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    Ivan must have a big house….wonder if Nathan was home for the BBQ…

    I still don’t see what McQueen offers that Lawrence doesn’t very similar in performance over the last 2 years and yet to see anyone offer a reason what apart from to say he is better which is just an opinion…yet a lot have McQueen starting…

    OK I’ll have a crack for ya … McQueen is a brilliant hole runner, he has plenty of size and good speed to put himself through the defensive line out wide … he usually runs off the 5/8 drifting across the field looking for a centre to come back on the inside … but then passes the ball to a hard running McQueen who then usually tramples over the inside centre or through the hole. Lawrence tried this last season and was usually tackle to ground by the defending centre. McQueen has a bigger body than Lawrence. McQueen is far better defender than Lawrence … Lawrence is small back rower.


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    Ivan must have a big house….wonder if Nathan was home for the BBQ…

    I still don’t see what McQueen offers that Lawrence doesn’t very similar in performance over the last 2 years and yet to see anyone offer a reason what apart from to say he is better which is just an opinion…yet a lot have McQueen starting…

    OK I’ll have a crack for ya … McQueen is a brilliant hole runner, he has plenty of size and good speed to put himself through the defensive line out wide … he usually runs off the 5/8 drifting across the field looking for a centre to come back on the inside … but then passes the ball to a hard running McQueen who then usually tramples over the inside centre or through the hole. Lawrence tried this last season and was usually tackle to ground by the defending centre. McQueen has a bigger body than Lawrence. McQueen is far better defender than Lawrence … Lawrence is small back rower.

    Early days at Souff’s I’ll grant you all of that for sure…just haven’t seen that much of it in the last 2 years at the Titans…though he did play a lot of last year injured…oh…



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    Ivan must have a big house….wonder if Nathan was home for the BBQ…

    I still don’t see what McQueen offers that Lawrence doesn’t very similar in performance over the last 2 years and yet to see anyone offer a reason what apart from to say he is better which is just an opinion…yet a lot have McQueen starting…

    McQueen offers a threat in the air for one. He also offers better footwork at the line which means he isn’t as reliant on low percentage crash balls.



  • I disagree with the lot of you.
    Except yes at Souths McQueen was put into space more.
    At the Titans he became a worker. A leader in defence leading the line and lots of clean up work.
    One of the games that is high on my memory was the golden point game against the sharks in 2016. Titans drew that game with immense defence.
    I rarely sure him put in space but he was always in the right place at the right time, and was quick enough to contribute if there was a line break.
    He has a good leap and put himself in position for a tap back quite often.
    He has better footwork at the line and would usually bend the line slightly.
    Lawrence is a hole running second rower with good defence. He needs to work on hands but his also not going to break through a line so the key for him is for the playmaker to open up a decent gap before he gets the ball. His front on defence is excellent but laterally a little slow.
    Does the clean up work similar to McQueen but probably the difference is Lawerance only has one speed. As quick as possible.
    I’d have him on the right to be honest. I think McQueen would be better taking the crash ball off Brooks and Lawernce would be in a good position to cut back inside when Reynolds looks for an Under runner (a lot like jackson did in that combination.)



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    I disagree with the lot of you.
    Except yes at Souths McQueen was put into space more.
    At the Titans he became a worker. A leader in defence leading the line and lots of clean up work.
    One of the games that is high on my memory was the golden point game against the sharks in 2016. Titans drew that game with immense defence.
    I rarely sure him put in space but he was always in the right place at the right time, and was quick enough to contribute if there was a line break.
    He has a good leap and put himself in position for a tap back quite often.
    He has better footwork at the line and would usually bend the line slightly.
    Lawrence is a hole running second rower with good defence. He needs to work on hands but his also not going to break through a line so the key for him is for the playmaker to open up a decent gap before he gets the ball. His front on defence is excellent but laterally a little slow.
    Does the clean up work similar to McQueen but probably the difference is Lawerance only has one speed. As quick as possible.
    I’d have him on the right to be honest. I think McQueen would be better taking the crash ball off Brooks and Lawernce would be in a good position to cut back inside when Reynolds looks for an Under runner (a lot like jackson did in that combination.)

    Yes to all of this…



  • There’s not much between our 2nd Rowers. It’s not like we have Gareth Ellis and Lamar Liolevave as his back up (I know there’s a few years between those two at the WTs , just an example). It’s the same as our centres for 2018.
    A lot of ex NRL players say its rare that you go into a game at 100% a lot of players go into games with niggles. If Suli or McQueen or however isn’t 100% then we aren’t going to lose much by having Lawrence, Milne or Marsters starting.


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    I disagree with the lot of you.
    Except yes at Souths McQueen was put into space more.
    At the Titans he became a worker. A leader in defence leading the line and lots of clean up work.
    One of the games that is high on my memory was the golden point game against the sharks in 2016. Titans drew that game with immense defence.
    I rarely sure him put in space but he was always in the right place at the right time, and was quick enough to contribute if there was a line break.
    He has a good leap and put himself in position for a tap back quite often.
    He has better footwork at the line and would usually bend the line slightly.
    Lawrence is a hole running second rower with good defence. He needs to work on hands but his also not going to break through a line so the key for him is for the playmaker to open up a decent gap before he gets the ball. His front on defence is excellent but laterally a little slow.
    Does the clean up work similar to McQueen but probably the difference is Lawerance only has one speed. As quick as possible.
    I’d have him on the right to be honest. I think McQueen would be better taking the crash ball off Brooks and Lawernce would be in a good position to cut back inside when Reynolds looks for an Under runner (a lot like jackson did in that combination.)

    You disagree with everyone then give an opinion that mirrors what most have said :crazy



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    Ivan must have a big house….wonder if Nathan was home for the BBQ…

    I still don’t see what McQueen offers that Lawrence doesn’t very similar in performance over the last 2 years and yet to see anyone offer a reason what apart from to say he is better which is just an opinion…yet a lot have McQueen starting…

    Nathan was on the tongs Geo , all the squad has food poisoning 😉

    Which is what I have tried to say all along , McQueen is a handy player , but doesn’t offer anything different from Rowdy really and is older

    Cleary has a choice , he picks one or the other

    And then the next problem , I don’t see them as starters especially if Eisenhuth starts , but then do either offer any impact off the bench apart from utility value

    Then that leads to utility value , Marshall or Lawrence ??


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