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Four Nations snub 'hurt' Brisbane's Oates

AAP logoAAP 5/12/2016 Laine Clark

By rights, Corey Oates should be happy.

But the Brisbane winger admits a Four Nations snub "hurt" and has spurred him on to better his stellar 2016 NRL season.

Oates cemented a spot in Queensland's all-conquering Origin back line this season, capping a meteoric rise for the 22-year-old.

Yet Oates still finished the year with a sense of regret after being overlooked for the Kangaroos' triumphant Four Nations campaign.

"I think not getting picked this year it hurt in a way," Oates told the Broncos website.

"I think I've got to start realising that's my next step, playing for my country.

"Even though it hurt, I was pretty happy with the year I had and that's definitely the next thing I want to do - to wear that green and gold and represent my country."

Not that Oates was taking his Maroons jumper for granted.

"Another goal for me I think next year is obviously to try and make the Origin team again," he said.

"It would be a big downer if you get picked one year and don't get picked the next.

"That's all down to me obviously and the way I want to go about things and how hard I'm training in the off-season."

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