Tim Glasby will make his debut for the Maroons in game two of the State of Origin series.
Tim Glasby will make his debut for the Maroons in game two of the State of Origin series. Chris Hyde

Surprise selection to keep it simple

NO fuss. It's exactly the kind of trait that goes hand-in-hand with Queensland's approach to State of Origin football and a quality that surprise selection Tim Glasby will bring in spades.

When Glasby was toiling week after week playing for the Central Queensland Capras in the Queensland Cup competition while working full-time as a financial planner, he was satisfied.

That, he thought, was as good as it gets - until Melbourne offered him a chance to test himself against the best.

Four-and-a-half years of flying under the radar for the Storm was enough to convince Maroons selectors to pitch him into the State of Origin arena as a little-known 28-year-old in a bid to keep the series alive.

Glasby was ridiculed by the Sydney media for his NRL numbers not being eye-catching but he brushed the criticism aside without a care in the world.

His mild-mannered, quietly confident response pointed critics to what really matters.

"At the end of the day, footy is not about stats," Glasby said.

"I mean stats tell a bit of the story but there's a lot more that goes on behind the scenes than all those sort of stats."

 

Tim Glasby on the charge for the Melbourne Storm earlier this year.
Tim Glasby on the charge for the Melbourne Storm earlier this year. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Along those lines is the widespread praise he has received for his ability to get a quick play-the-ball - an unglamorous aspect of the game sometimes overlooked.

"I think quick play-the-balls are a super important part of the game," he said. "You need them to attack well."

"I probably don't have the biggest body so I'm not going to go bowling too many people over but what's certainly part of my game is hopefully finding my front and then playing it quick so the boys can get on the back of it."

Glasby was never a superstar junior. His only previous state team selection was the Queensland Residents side, representing the best of the second-tier Queens- land Cup.

But while his Maroons call-up shocked many, the Rockhampton product humbly said it had been a dream always in his mind.

Club teammates such as Cooper Cronk were far from surprised.

"Tim thoroughly deserves his opportunity," Cronk said.

"He's a consistent, reliable performer at the Storm. All he needs to do is exactly what he does at club level but he needs to do it a little bit faster, stronger and longer."

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