Queensland needed another spur after winning a record fourth straight rugby league State of Origin series and now they have it.
Darren Lockyer's declaration that he's up for one last series has ensured the Maroons will ride a wave of emotion this season.
Coach Mal Meninga says his team will use sentiment surrounding farewells to Lockyer, Steve Price and probably Petero Civoniceva to fuel their 2010 Origin campaign.
Lockyer says he'd all but resigned himself to representative retirement to focus on helping his last-placed Brisbane team .
The 33-year-old Australian and Queensland captain's decision came on the same day Price, 36, announced he'll retire after this season.
And the five-eighth appeared to let slip that Civoniceva may also leave the Origin scene after this year, saying the two props had signalled this is their last year.
The trio first played together in the 2002 Origin series and started together 12 times, winning nine of those matches,.