Use only in case of emergency: Stewart battling to return to his best

Glenn Stewart has declared himself ”available” for State of Origin but accepts he will not be part of game two in Brisbane barring an injury to one of the Blues forwards.

The 29-year-old selflessly told NSW coach Laurie Daley last month that he was probably not up to the rigours of the Origin arena for game one, having missed the first seven rounds of Manly’s season with a knee injury.

His condition has since improved but the back-rower – who played in the first two matches of the series for NSW last year – does not expect to feature in Origin II on June 26.

”I’m not playing in the best form of my career, that’s for sure,” Stewart said. ”With what happened with the last [Origin], I spoke to Loz and I just said, ‘I’m not playing my best’, and my knee wasn’t feeling great.

”I was just being honest with him. I didn’t actually say, ‘Rule me out’ or anything. I didn’t think I was up to it, that’s all.”

The Blues will not change the team that won 14-6 over Queensland at ANZ Stadium last week except for injuries. However, Stewart could still mount a case against Canterbury at Brookvale Oval on Friday night, with Daley eyeing him as a first-choice replacement should injury strike one of his forwards before the second game at Suncorp Stadium.

”I’m available … but whatever Laurie thinks,” Stewart said. ”I’ll be supporting whatever he wants. I don’t think they’ll change too much.”

❏ Meanwhile, Gold Coast chief executive David May has resigned citing personal issues.

”It’s been a tremendously difficult decision but I have a number of personal issues I need to deal with, here and at home in the UK, over the next few months,” May said.

”This will prevent me from being able to fulfil my obligations as CEO of the Titans.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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