Queensland utility Michael Morgan failed to finish Origin I.

Morgan expects to back up for Knights clash

Queensland and North Queensland star Michael Morgan believes he'll be right to face the Knights on Saturday night despite being unable to finish the opening Holden State of Origin clash.

Morgan copped the full brunt of New South Wales firebrand David Klemmer in the 50th minute and looked to have suffered a concussion.

Morgan was consequently ruled out of the game by Queensland doctors but said he remembers the incident as clear as day.

"How can I forget?" he laughed. 

"I remember thinking 'oh, here comes this big bloke' and that I was going to get in there and do my best. He's a big unit and he had a bit of room to wind up there.

"I passed all the tests once I walked into the sheds, so yeah, I'm fine. I have no ill-effects of a concussion at all. At the moment I would think [I'd be right to play the Knights]. 

"I might have to do a test later this week but I feel fine. There's no dizziness, no headaches, no nothing. I expect myself to back up. I only played 20 minutes and besides the head knock I have no reason not to back up."

It begs the question: why was Morgan ruled out from returning to the field for the Maroons? 

"The only reason was because of the footage. They said that I stumbled a bit as I was getting up and as I was coming off," he said.

"I was more dazed than anything. It was just one of those things that rock you a bit and you have to find your feet again. I would've been fine to come back out but the decision wasn't in my hands."

Even though Morgan's time on the field was short-lived, he couldn't hide his pride over Cowboys teammate Justin O'Neill's debut performance for the Maroons.

O'Neill was responsible in assisting Queensland's only try through winger Dane Gagai just before half-time and more importantly kept opposite man Michael Jennings relatively quiet all game.

"I'm very proud. He's worked really hard the last couple of years and it's good to see him finally get here and do really well," Morgan said of O'Neill.

"I'm extremely happy for him and hopefully he has a good future here."