Queensland captain Daly Cherry-Evans says it will be worth the wait when Corey Norman makes his debut in Wednesday night's State of Origin series decider.
It took 10 seasons for Corey Norman to finally earn Queensland selection.
But Daly Cherry-Evans says it will be worth the wait when the five-eighth makes his Maroons debut in Wednesday night's State of Origin series decider in Sydney.
The road to Origin has been long for Norman - and with a few controversial detours, which led critics to believe he would never realise his Origin dream.
However, Maroons captain Cherry-Evans is convinced his new halves partner is finally ready to step up for the Maroons.
"Yeah I do. He has waited a long time," he said.
"He has played good football for a long period of time. I think when you have to wait for something for so long, you don't want to let that opportunity slip past you.
"I don't think the occasion is too big for him. I think the moment is right for him, and as long as he believes that, he is going to go a long way to making an impact in this game."
Norman took 180 games since his 2010 NRL debut to earn an Origin nod, but not that long ago, it seemed Norman may never achieve the goal.
He was suspended for the final eight weeks of the 2016 season for a string of offences, including pleading guilty to drug possession, although his conviction was overturned on appeal.
Norman was also reprimanded for filming a lewd act and drug use, as well as consorting with criminals.
Back then, it was enough for Maroons great Darren Lockyer to fire a very public rocket up Norman, claiming he had to "keep his head down and bum up moving forward" if the playmaker ever wanted to realise his potential.
But Cherry-Evans is confident Norman would make up for lost time in Origin III after what has been a successful switch from Parramatta to St George Illawarra this NRL season.
Norman has reinvented himself in 2019, impressing with 11 try assists in as many NRL games for the Dragons.
Cherry-Evans said Norman had come a long way since his journey began with 62 games at Brisbane from 2010-13 and 107 for the Eels (2014-18).
The Maroons No.7 is convinced his halves pairing with Norman will work, as Queensland looks to seal a 12th series win in 14 seasons.
"We have worked hard (and) that is why I think it will work," Cherry-Evans said.
"Both on and off the training paddock we have been talking about footy, trying to understand each other's game as best we can.
"And we have all seen what Corey Norman can do on a footy field - if he brings his best game next Wednesday we are going to be alright."