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Tom Trbojevic is another option for Maguire and will run out at centre in Manly’s Round 18 match against the Cowboys in Townsville on Saturday.

The 27-year-old was unavailable for selection for Games One and Two due to a hamstring injury he suffered in Round 10 against the Dolphins.

He hasn’t played Origin since Game One last year when he suffered a season-ending pectoral injury in the Blues’ 26-18 loss to Queensland.

Sea Eagles coach Anthony Siebold said he wouldn’t stand in Trbojevic’s way should he earn a Blues recall.

“I’ve never stopped a player from playing representative football,” Seibold said in Townsville this week.

“My thing would be that if they take him into camp that they play him in the 17 and don’t play him as the 18th man because he’s missed so much football.

“The Blues will need to do what they need to do. I’d love to see him in the 17, but the 17 Blues players played outstanding footy in game 2 so I’d expect Madge (NSW coach Michael Maguire) and the Blues guys to choose the same 17.

“Turbo is an elite player, so if he was to get an opportunity then that would be wonderful.”

Former Queensland representative Corey Parker, meanwhile, said on Fox League if Trbojevic gets through unscathed on Saturday and “has a nice hitout” he should be straight in.

“I expect him to be injected straight back into that NSW side,” Parker said.

“He is an incredible player … Trbojevic is damaging and can play in a different array of positions in case of injury.”

Joseph Suaalii has been sidelined since his brutal Game One hit on Reece Walsh which saw him sent off in the seventh-minute of his debut and cop a four-game suspension.

That suspension finishes this week meaning he is available for Game Three selection.

The 20-year-old was controversially brought into Game Two camp by Maguire ahead of the Blues’ 38-18 win.

“He’s definitely handy to have around, he filled in a number of positions. He’s 196cm compared to [Walsh’s 177cm], but he did mimic him and was sweeping out the back,” Maguire told the Sydney Morning Herald. “He ran different things for us.

“Because of the circumstances and he had time off [through the suspension], I said to ‘Robbo’ [Trent Robinson], ‘I want to bring him up and support him’. At the end of the day, he’s potentially available for the third Origin. I wanted him in the opposition because he also helped the other boys lift.”

Suaalii was heartbroken after his Game One send-off and said he felt he let the state down as the Maroons went onto win 38-10.

“Madge (Maguire) gave me the call to come back in and help the boys, and just be around the group and train,” Suaalii told Nine.

“It’s still special to be here. Even just putting on the jumper, not even the actual jersey, but just the gear is still special.

“You could go into your room and just look at a wall and feel sorry for yourself - but I just wanted to move onto the next thing and see what I could do to help the Roosters, help the Blues, and help myself and everyone around me.”

Matt Burton is another option for Maguire and has two Origin caps to his name after debuting for the Blues in Game Two 2022 which New South Wales won 44-12.

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