Sing lauds Origin tour
By AARON KELLY
FORMER Dysart flyer Matt Sing yesterday praised the decision to bring Queensland's preparations for next week's State of Origin series opener to the country.
Sing, 30, made his return to Rockhampton's Browne Park yesterday ? a venue the Cowboys winger made his own playing for North Rockhampton State High School in the '90s.
The Cowboys winger and Queensland team-mates received a hero's welcome when they graced Browne Park as part of Origin's 25th year anniversary celebrations.
And as expected, league fans turned out in force for the Maroons' training session ? the first time Queensland have prepared anywhere outside South-East Queensland.
Sing said it was a great opportunity for budding young stars to meet their idols.
"I never had that opportunity to see an Origin team come to this area,'' Sing said.
"It's great for rugby league in this region for us to come here.''
A recharged Sing is back in the Origin arena this year after a broken jaw ended his campaign in 2004.
Sing said he was certain the decision to shelve representative retirement plans in the lead-up to the Anzac Test in April was the right one.
"I felt I was playing well and wanted to play again,'' Sing said.
Sing is preparing to mark fellow Kangaroo, New South Wales winger Luke Rooney, next Wednesday night.
Sing said the Panthers winger was just one Blues player to watch. "He's (Rooney) getting better with every game.