Snubbed veteran prop Matt Scott must be welcomed back by Queensland in 2019, former Maroons captain Trevor Gillmeister says.
Gillmeister said he had concerns about the Maroons' front-row depth ahead of this year's State of Origin series but believed 33-year-old Scott still had what it takes to inspire Queensland.
Scott's 22-game Origin career appeared at the crossroads after he was surprisingly overlooked for last year's series which the Maroons lost 2-1.
However, Scott's successful return from off-season neck surgery in North Queensland's NRL trial win over Gold Coast last week was enough to convince Gillmeister the veteran must receive a recall.
Scott only played the first quarter of the Sunshine Coast trial against the Titans but is expected to clock up more minutes in Saturday night's pre-season clash with Melbourne at Mackay on Saturday night.
"I was up on the Sunshine Coast on the weekend and it is to good to see Matt Scott back and healthy," Gillmeister said.
"I was speaking to him and he reckons he has never felt better.
"Hopefully Scotty can stay injury-free and I wouldn't hesitate to pick him (for Queensland) if he is playing good footy."
Besides last year's snub, Scott also missed the 2017 Origin series due to a knee reconstruction.
And he appeared to face an uphill battle for a 2019 Queensland return coming back from his second major neck operation in four years.
But Gillmeister said Scott would be an ideal mentor for the likes of maligned Maroons prop Jarrod Wallace.
Gold Coast front-rower Wallace struggled to make an impact for the Maroons in 2018, losing his starting spot and relegated to the bench by game three.
It would be great to have him (Scott) there for the young blokes like Jai Arrow and Jarrod Wallace to get a feel for the game and what he thinks about the game," Gillmeister said.
"I am really hopeful that Scotty can pull a Maroon jersey on this year."
Gillmeister said he was still worried about Queensland's front-row stocks despite Scott's return from injury.
"We don't have the depth NSW have. That's a fact. I just think we are getting a bit limited in the front-row if we have a few injuries," he said.
"That's our biggest concern and I've said that to Geno (Queensland chairman of selectors Gene Miles) for the last couple of years."
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