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New Blues coach Michael Maguire will welcome Jack Wighton back into the State of Origin fold with open arms, should the player choose to return.

Wighton made the shock decision last year to retire from representative football, instead opting to focus his energy on club football.State of Origin I news | Latrell Mitchell NSW Blues performance, Brad  Fittler, Phil Gould reaction

Still he left the Raiders without a premiership to show for a decade-long career in the lime green.

The 31-year-old has jumped ship to South Sydney, and it might not be the only change of heart Wighton has.

The utility back is said to be considering ending his short-lived retirement and making himself available for New South Wales selection.

It would mean a reunion with Maguire, who acted as assistant coach at Canberra and now replaces Brad Fittler as the man tasked with stopping another Queensland dynasty before it begins.

“I enjoyed working in Canberra over the last 12 months with Ricky Stuart and the playing group, including Jack,” Maguire told SEN radio on Tuesday.

“Jack wants to settle himself in Sydney and with his new club.

“He’s still retired (from Origin) but I told him to get himself playing and see how he’s travelling.

“We’ll have a discussion as the season transpires. We all know he’s a big-game player whenever he’s in that arena.

“In time, I’m sure Jack will decide whether he’s ready to go again.”

Wighton has 10 Origin games to his name since debuting in the blue jersey in 2019 and playing three straight series, two of which the Blues won.

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