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The Pokemon-chasing gamer has grown up.

first_imgWhile tattoos are nothing new in the NRL, McQueen is one of the more colourfully adorned athletes in the Telstra Premiership and in the off-season had five different Dragon Ball Z pieces of artwork added to his body.But when the squad assembled for a gruelling two-day Army camp a fortnight ago it was McQueen who announced himself as an emerging leader at the club and mentally ready to accept the responsibilities that come with it.”There’s a time and a place for everything,” McQueen told NRL.com.”When we’re off the clock I can still be the gamer and have some fun and be the joker but as soon as it’s time to go and time to train I think I can flick the switch and get serious pretty quickly.”It’s probably taken a couple of years because at the Rabbitohs there was a pretty strong senior playing group.”I came through at the time when we had Roy Asotasi, Michael Crocker, John Sutton was there the whole time I was there, we had Greg Inglis, we had the Burgess boys so I didn’t necessarily have to be that leader.”Coming back this year we’ve lost ‘Birdy’ (Greg Bird), we’ve lost ‘Friendy’ (Nathan Friend), we’ve lost Luke Douglas so being one of the older guys in the team and one of the more senior guys, that leadership role was something I was looking forward to and something that I really wanted.”When NRL.com caught up with McQueen it was 12 months to the day that he had begun with his new teammates after the return of Sam Burgess to Redfern forced the Rabbitohs to shed some excess stock.It caught McQueen off guard to a degree but he says now that he wanted to develop into a leader on the Gold Coast after he first earned the trust and respect of his fellow Titans.”It’s something that I knew when I first came up here but I still felt like I had to earn that respect and earn my stripes,” McQueen said of his leadership aspirations.”I had to do my time. I didn’t know a lot of the boys when I came up here so I had to earn that respect.”I think I started to be that leader late last year so coming back this year I knew that it was time to stand up and be that leader.”It’s only my second year here but compared to a lot of the younger guys that have come in I’ve been here longer than a few of those boys.”As a senior player and given that it’s my ninth year in first grade I think that sort of thing just happens naturally.”Although he perhaps took a few weeks to find his groove in the Titans team, the 29-year-old was just one of four Gold Coast players to appear in every game in 2016 and played a key role in their pursuit of a finals berth.The six-time Queensland representative got better with each game he played and will go into the Christmas break in perhaps the best condition both mentally and physically in his 141-game career.”The Gold Coast is a more relaxed lifestyle compared to Sydney and I just needed that change,” said McQueen.”I was in the South Sydney organisation for so long and I needed that change and it has refreshed me, helped to change my game a little bit and relaxed me.”There was a mix of apprehension and excitement and optimism [12 months ago]. The club’s obviously been through quite a few ups and downs over the last couple of years but last year and this year again we’ve added some quality players and some players who have got a lot of experience and can do some good things.”The excitement and the optimism outweighs everything else.”last_img read more


Rain or Shine, TNT trip foes

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Riviera Classic: Mondilla grabs early 2-shot lead OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES The starting lineup delivered in twin digits for the Texters, who dealt away De Ocampo to Meralco in a three-team trade on Monday as TNT went on to deal the Road Warriors their third loss in 10 games.NLEX gets another chance to nail a twice-to-beat incentive on Sept. 24 against Star.Phoenix is out of contention after the Fuel Masters lost for the eighth straight game and dropped to 2-8.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Rain or Shine couldn’t afford to lose this one, as it closes out against Barangay Ginebra, Alaska and souped-up Blackwater in its chase for a twice-to-beat privilege in the quarterfinals.“We were lucky to win this game,” Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia said after Gilas Pilipinas regulars Raymond Almazan and Gabe Norwood bailed the Painters out in the fourth. “We started strong, but our intensity was down in the third period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneTNT KaTropa began life without Ranidel de Ocampo by formalizing its entry into the quarterfinals after holding back NLEX, 112-107, later in the night.Glen Rice Jr. churned out a triple double with 25 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists that negated a night-high nine turnovers as the Texters won for the second straight game to improve to 6-3 and take solo third at the moment. MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Phoenix’s Brandon Brown gets all tangled up with Rain or Shine’s Chris Tiu and Beau Belga. —AUGUST DELA CRUZANTIPOLO—Blowing hot early and finding the resilience to bounce back from a lethargic stretch in the third, Rain or Shine on Wednesday night tripped Phoenix Petroleum, 116-111, to stay in the top four hunt in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Center here.The Elasto Painters saw an 18-point lead in the first half vanish but regrouped with aplomb when winning time came to rise to 5-3 and gain a momentary tie for No. 4 with San Miguel Beer heading into the final two weeks of the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more