Why not be surprised by AJ Brimson Origin snub
Gold Coast star AJ Brimson admits it was no surprise that Queensland ignored him for next week's State of Origin opener.
The 23-year-old, who switched from a fullback at the Titans to a five-eighth off-season, has struggled for continuity during the Gold Coast's uncomfortable start to the 2022 NRL season.
Injured in the season opener against Paramatman, Brimson was brought back to fullback for two games against Penrith and Sydney Roosters and before returning to the No. 6 jumper in the last three weeks.
With the Gold Coast winning just one of their last eight matches to move up to 14th, it did not come out of the blue for Brimson when he was not among the 22 players nominated by Maroons coach Billy Slater on Monday.
"I wasn't overwhelmed by the selection," he said.
"My role is probably 14 rolls and Ben Hunt, we'll start at nine anyway, but he's playing really well and I think the team they choose is really in form.
"It's going to be a good series. I am happy for the boys who have been selected and I am happy to be able to focus on Clubland right now. "
Moeaki Fotuaika is also being ignored by Slater, with only one Titan - captain Tino Fa'asumaleui - queuing for Queensland against NSW in Sydney next Wednesday.
In the absence of Fa'asumaleui, Brimson has been named captain for Thursday's NRL game against North Queensland at the CBUS Super Stadium.
A junior on the Gold Coast, Brimson said getting the consent of coach Justin Holbrooke to lead the team is a specialty and a role he hopes he can use in his bid to regain his Maroons place.
"I'm doing everything I can to get on the team," Brimson said.
“There are some players who are playing better than me at the moment who are in the team, which I think is quite fair.
"I still feel very young and still at the beginning of my career.
"I look around, I have a lot more experienced players than me so it's a great opportunity to be a captain and it's a great honor that he showed me how he sees me as a person and as a player. It's exciting. "