McQueen puts his hand up for a Four Nations Pommie jersey
A GUT feeling he is out of time to play for the Queensland Maroons led Titans second-rower Chris McQueen to lay all his cards on the table and put his hand up to play Test rugby league.
But the former Kingaroy Red Ant player has opted to nominate himself to play for England, coached by Wayne Bennett, instead of his home country in the end of year Four Nations.
McQueen, 28, said it was a tough decision to make, which was why it took two years.
"It's something that I've been thinking about for a while," he said.
McQueen weighed up the chances of being selected for State of Origin duties again but believed the way it was going under Kevin Walters' lead meant it was far more likely younger blood would get a look in.
"It's been two years since I've played Origin," he said.
"I think my chance to play for the Maroons (again) has been and gone."
The Titans second-rower said he had had a strong season for the Gold Coast after he made the move to the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
"I've just moved up to the Titans and fell in love with footy again," he said.
Now 28, McQueen acknowledged he was no longer one of the youngest on the park but said he still had a number of years to go before he hung up his boots.
McQueen said he believed the time was right to take on his next challenge of playing Test rugby league.
"It's a dream for every footy player to play rep footy at the highest level," he said.
"I've made myself available. I didn't want to sit on my hands."
McQueen played six State of Origin games over 2013 and 2014. He also played representative league for the Prime Minister's XIII in 2011 and 2015 but had never pulled on a country jersey.
He is eligible to play for Bennett's England due to his father's English heritage.
"He was born and grew up in London," McQueen said.
"My father, being English himself, is very supportive (of the possible move)."
McQueen said this sentiment was shared among his family, who held no grudges over him making the swap to the red and white jersey.
All that stands in the way of McQueen running out on the park for England in the Four Nations over October-November is Bennett's approval.
McQueen said he had missed calls from Bennett and he had not yet been able to get hold of the Broncos coach yet either, but hoped to do so early this week.
Unsure of what it would mean for his representative future if he did not get picked for England, McQueen said he would have to further study the outcomes.
If McQueen is selected to play for Britain it would rule him out of playing for Queensland in State of Origin.
Bennett told AAP last week he had not had the time to focus on the Four Nations as his priority was to break the Broncos' worrying losing streak ahead of the finals. The Broncos have lost seven out of their last nine games.
When told McQueen was keen to play for England, Bennett told AAP: "Well, he better hang by the phone, see if he gets a phone call."