Sport Kevin Walters hints at captain candidates to take over Cameron Smith's reign

08:01  15 may  2018
08:01  15 may  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Since 2004, Queensland haven’t had to think twice about who will take their captaincy honours. Now, Kevin Walters will be asked to complete the impossible task of handing over the state’s greatest honour to a deserving candidate to carry on Smith ’ s legacy.

Kevin Walters has strongly hinted at his choice for Maroons No.6. However, Munster has earned praise from Storm coach Craig Bellamy and Melbourne captain Cameron Smith for his off-field attitude adjustment that is clearly spilling over on to the field this year.

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Since 2004, Queensland haven’t had to think twice about who will take their captaincy honours.

Darren Lockyer did a remarkable job in setting up Queensland’s decade of dominance in his 38 games as leader, and Smith only took his success to new heights through his illustrious 33-game reign.

Now Kevin Walters will be asked to complete the impossible task of handing over the state’s greatest honour to a deserving candidate to carry on Smith’s legacy.

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Cameron Smith knew his decision to call time on his glittering representative career was right when The Australia and Queensland captain dropped the bombshell news at a Melbourne press Darius Boyd, Billy Slater or Greg Inglis are the most likely candidates to take over the captaincy , however

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Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk would be short-priced favourites to take the mantle, yet unfortunately Walters’ shortlist has been cut down following their respective representative retirement.

The Queensland coach put forward a few names, but the race is wide open for the next legend to etch his name in a decorated piece of history.

‘’I haven’t really thought too much about the captaincy side of things but we’ve still got a couple of guys there that have played a lot of Origin football,’’ Walters said.

‘’Obviously we haven’t selected the team yet but hoping all things going well I think we might be selecting Billy Slater for game one this year which will be a welcomed surprise.

‘’We weren’t smart enough to pick him in game one last year.

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Queensland captain Cameron Smith has hung up the boots for the Maroons effective immediately. Darius Boyd, Billy Slater or Greg Inglis are the most likely candidates to take over the captaincy , however Boyd has battled form and fitness at Brisbane this season.

‘’Greg Inglis, Matt Scott – these guys have played a lot of Origin football.

‘’But we’ve lost our captain, our leader, our goal-kicker, so it’s a big loss for Queensland but it had to happen one day I’ve got to say and that time is now and we’ll just move in the next couple of days.

‘’It’s been a wonderful career for Cameron and it’s been so good for everyone involved in QLD.’’

Kevin Walters wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Sportal com au Is it worth putting Billy Slater in as the short-term solution, despite his likely retirement nearing at the end of the year?

Has Greg Inglis proved his leadership qualities can translate to the Origin arena during his captaincy tenure at the Rabbitohs?

Or is Matt Scott’s presence in the middle too valuable a factor to hand him the badge?

These are the questions that will run through Walters’ head for the next fortnight, but none will itch at him more than the one’s surrounding his next hooker selection.

Andrew McCullough? Jake Granville? Or Jake Friend?

As for now, he doesn’t have an answer.

‘’We haven’t even discussed that to be honest, today’s about Cameron and celebrating what a great person (he is) and career he’s had for Queensland,’’ Walters said.

‘’We’ll get to that in the next couple of weeks.’’

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