True Blue Mark O’Meley believes Penrith back-rower Liam Martin could step up to a starting position on the edge for the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues side in the absence of the injured Cameron Murray.
O’Meley knows a thing or two about the grind of an Origin forward pack having played 10 times for NSW across four series, including the 2004 win.
The premiership-winner with the 2004 Bulldogs and a Kangaroos front-rower has been keeping a watchful eye on Martin, especially since they have a link with the bush – Martin from Temora and O’Meley from West Wyalong.
“Good country boy Marto,” O’Meley told Behind Blues Eyes for nswrl.com.au.
Martin made his Origin debut last year playing all three matches off the bench.
The 25-year-old’s form for the Panthers this year – four tries in eight games – has O’Meley thinking he’s the best option as Murray’s replacement.