Boyd retires from Origin to focus on Broncos
DARIUS Boyd says it is time for the younger generation of Queensland players to do the job and he will focus all his efforts on playing well for the Broncos.
Boyd effectively made himself ineligible for representative football with the announcement.
Boyd said there were some great players lining up for his spot and after 28 games for the Maroons and 23 as a Kangaroo, there were no more mountains to climb.
"I've had a great career and have nothing to be disappointed about," he said after the game on Sunday.
"I'm really happy with everything I've achieved in the rep arena.
"I don't think I have anything more to prove. They have great players, really quality guys coming through."
"For me it's best to step aside and let the young guys go.
"Corey Oates isn't even in the (Queensland) team, Kalyn Ponga ... they already have Val (Holmes) and (Dane Gagai) there as well. It's their time and I really hope they do well.
"It's their time to shine, and do their thing and keep the dominance Queensland has had so long."
Boyd said he was steeling himself to perform at his optimum as the Broncos chase a finals berth and the premiership.
The fullback looked at his best when he scored against the Storm in the first half on Sunday.
"I just need to play really well for the Broncos," he said.
"The first half (against Melbourne) I was definitely happy, but the second half I thought I was pretty poor.
"It's something I need to get better at — making sure I'm playing the full 80 and really helping the team towards the win.
"I have to play my role for the Broncos. If I can continue that first-half performance and do it for a full 80, I'll be happy."