South Sydney lock Cameron Murray has spoken post-Origin about having to sacrifice his life as a 21-year-old in exchange for his Blues jersey.
Murray said he made the decision to surround himself with people who had the same "mission" as him to achieve his rugby league dreams, gravitating instead towards people who understood the pressures of playing at an "elite level".
"I dont see a lot of my friends that I used to go to school [with] which is a bit of a shame," he said. "But I guess thats just the life of a footy player, I guess its easier to surround yourself with the people with the same mission as you."
Looking back at the moment he decided to take his sporting career with two hands, Murray said former Rabbitohs coach Michael McGuire was the catalyst for the mindset shift.
"He sat me down and said, 'Age is irrelevant if youre ready. You're ready and you cant use that as an excuse'. So, since that moment, I havent used it as an excuse.
"If you train and play and you believe that you deserve to be here, it doesn't matter how old you are."
With an Origin win on his back, Murray said the decisions he had to make leading up to this point made the win "all the more worth it".
"Its just part of what you have to do as a rugby league player," he said. "I wouldnt change it for the world."
In the move to first grade, the Blues rookie said he pushed himself further away from life as a regular 21-year-old to dive deep into the world of rugby league.
"Its a sacrifice I am more than willing to make… everything is worth it when youre standing in a winning shed," he said.
Murray said his fitness levels were "definitely tested" on Wednesday night, needing a moment to catch his breath next to the goal line with ten minutes left on the clock.
"I was a bit tired, yeah … you cant hide in an Origin," he said. "I managed to get my breath back in the last couple of minutes."
Murray was sure to make his presence known, only coming on for the last half an hour of the match, and making some defining plays to push the Blues over the line. He helped the Blues triumph 26-20 over Queensland.
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