Boyd willing to step aside for Qld winger
Boyd willing to step aside for Qld winger

Already willing to step aside for fullback Billy Slater, Darius Boyd doesn't want to be gifted a token Queensland backline spot at the expense of a form winger.

Boyd has all but conceded his incumbent Queensland No.1 jersey to Slater after the veteran fullback ended a year-long wait with injury in an encouraging last round NRL return.

Boyd said he would be happy to play on the wing for the Maroons so long as it didn't deny an in-form specialist winger.

The 26-game Origin flyer said he would feel uncomfortable if slotted into the Queensland backline if the likes of Brisbane teammate Corey Oates or Cronulla's Valentine Holmes were playing better.

"I would love to play fullback but I would also love to be in there somewhere," Boyd told AAP.

"At the same time I don't just want a jersey given to me and just chucked on the wing because it's the only spot for me.

"If Oatesy or Valentine Holmes or someone is playing better they should go with that player.

"I want a jersey because I have earned it. I want to earn my spot."

Boyd took over Slater's Test and Queensland No.1 jersey and made it his own in 2016.

However, Boyd already sounded convinced Slater would resume his Maroons custodian role for the Origin series opener in May.

Boyd said he knew from personal experience Slater could bounce back to his best despite playing just nine games in two years due to ongoing shoulder dramas.

Boyd played the 2015 Origin opener after just two NRL games back from an Achilles injury.

"Definitely Billy should be in the Origin mix," Boyd said.

"I came back after two games after my Achilles and being out for close to a year.

"I played on the wing. It wasn't my best game but I still felt I did my job.

"Billy will have a lot more games than my two (by Origin I) and with his class and his greatness, if he is confident he will fire (for Queensland)."

AAP

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