Chris McQueen says he is still “competitive and hungry” for the international game if England coach Shaun Wane gives him a call for the World Cup.
The backrower has been a standout in Huddersfield Giants’ impressive season to date, including winning the Lance Todd Trophy in the Challenge Cup Final.
Although born in Australia, 33-year-old McQueen is eligible for England through his London-born father and has one cap from 2017.
“I’m already exclusively England-eligible and if I got the call, I’d be available,” said McQueen.
“I know some guys retire from rep footy as they get a bit older, but that’s not me.
“I’m still competitive, I’m still hungry, I still want to achieve everything I can possibly achieve. If there’s an opportunity to play, absolutely my hand is up.
“I had a lot of fun in the camp in 2017, which was in Australia. The weather was beautiful, the boys were very welcoming when I wasn’t quite sure how that was going to go, being Australian-born. But I really enjoyed my time.”
McQueen is also loving his time with Huddersfield, so much so he recently agreed a new deal to stay for next season.
He sees a bright future for the club but is fully focused on the present, with success realistic this year as well.
“We’ve put in so much this year and I think over the next few years the club is going to have quite a lot of success,” said McQueen.
“I’m really excited to be a part of that and that was my motivation to extend with the club.
“We’ve built a good squad for next year, but that’s next year. As one of the older guys, I always tell the young boys ‘let’s not wait to achieve something’. We’ve got an opportunity to achieve something now.
“We’re sitting in third and we’ve had a good year. Let’s not waste what we’ve done. The time is now and the opportunity is right now.”
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