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Tookey Believes Origin Jersey Is
New Zealand Warrior Mark Tookey is holding on to hopes that he might be able to crack the Queensland State of Origin league side this season.
The big front rower missed out on the 22-man Maroon squad named by state coach Wayne Bennett this week, and admitted that his recent performances had been "a bit scratchy".
"I need to pick up my form a bit," he said.
"There are three Origins, so maybe I'll be part of one. It's still a main objective of mine, for sure."
Hooker P J Marsh, who made Bennett's preliminary squad, is the only Warrior in line to play for either Queensland or New South Wales in the Origin opener in Brisbane on June 11.
Tookey was touted as a future representative prospect last year, when some impressive displays for the Warriors indicated he was starting to realise his potential.
He said he had yet to reach the standard he attained last season, citing consistency as the main issue.
"My form has been a bit up and down. I need to be more consistent."
Tookey, 26, will face one of his former clubs when the Warriors take on National Rugby League strugglers Parramatta in Auckland on Saturday night.
The prop began his first-grade career with now defunct South Queensland.
He then spent two seasons with the Eels before joining the Warriors in 2000 and becoming an Ericsson Stadium favourite. He played his 50th game for the club last month.
Against Parramatta, the Warriors will be looking to arrest a mini-slump after their impressive away victory over Brisbane three rounds ago.
Since then, they have battled to overcome lowly North Queensland, been upset by Penrith and gone down to the Bulldogs, a series of results that have left them fifth on the ladder.
While the Warriors had played some good football, Tookey said they had also paid for "a few silly errors".
"We haven't pinpointed anything apart from maybe one-on-one tackles where we have to be more dominant," he said.
"But we aren't making sides beat us. It is only early days. If we stick to our game plan, we will go a long way to beating any side."
Meanwhile, fellow Parramatta old boy Marsh remained a doubtful starter against the Eels.
Marsh was a late scratching against the Bulldogs last Friday night because of an injured thumb, allowing former All Black Mark Robinson to make his NRL debut.
Coach Daniel Anderson, also ex-Parramatta, where he was assistant to Brian Smith, told League Correspondent that Marsh was at "60-40" to run on against the Eels.
"He's a fair judge of his own well-being and at this stage he's saying he's getting better every day," Anderson said.
"He has trained in all sessions, albeit he has had to drop out of a couple parts of the session."