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‘I worried about my career’: Arrow breaks silence on bubble breach

“It’s hard to talk about. I haven’t spoken about it since then.

“I knew what I was doing [at the time] was wrong, absolutely I did. I’ve suffered plenty of punishment as a result. It was a dumb decision to make. I’ve apologised to everyone I’ve hurt. I lost a lot. It hurts.”

It remains to be seen if the Queensland Rugby League bans Arrow from taking part in next year’s Origin series, a thought that has already crossed his mind.

Arrow did not take a backward step in his first derby against the Roosters in round two.

Arrow did not take a backward step in his first derby against the Roosters in round two.Credit:NRL Photos

“I’d be lying if I wasn’t thinking about not getting to play for Queensland again,” he said.

“I will find that out at a later date [if I’m banned]. I definitely give my all [for that jersey] every time and I’d love to play for my state again.

“I watched Origin III at home. I turned the game off at the start, but I turned it back on because I said to myself, ‘I was the one who did the wrong thing, you need to watch the game and support the boys’, and I did.”

South Sydney management and coach Wayne Bennett were disappointed but just as determined to ensure Arrow did not feel any worse than he did.

He has been in excellent form since returning from the ban and says he wants to make up for the incident.

Arrow says it will be fantastic to “raise the bat” for Souths in the same game Cameron Murray also celebrates 100 NRL games and to do so under Bennett, who handed him his debut as a 20-year-old with the Broncos.

“I definitely think I’ve been a lot better since [the Origin ban],” Arrow said. “I owed it to them to play good footy for the rest of the year and it’s something I’ll try to stick to. ”

Cameron Murray will also celebrate 100 NRL games on Friday night.

Cameron Murray will also celebrate 100 NRL games on Friday night.Credit:Getty Images

Arrow was a big talking point in the build-up to the first Rabbitohs-Roosters derby of the season in round two due to his treatment of NSW skipper James Tedesco in last year’s Origin series when he grabbed the Roosters star after he had already been concussed.

Arrow was punched in the back of the head by rookie Roosters prop Daniel Suluka-Fifita in that round two clash but, while he loved the confrontation, Arrow does not expect any fireworks in the middle of Suncorp Stadium.

“I know it got heated at the start of the year, but I’m not worried about any of that white noise this time,” Arrow said.

“I’m pretty cruisy. I won’t be treating them differently to any other team. I try to go out every week and hit people legally and as hard as I can.

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“You love the tough games and the Roosters will be that. They have flown under the radar and been good.”

Arrow hails from the Gold Coast and saw the irony in leaving his home for a fresh start at South Sydney, only to finish back up there this season due to the NRL’s Operation Relocation.

The Rabbitohs have received a boost for Friday night’s clash with Damien Cook declared a certain starter, despite suffering a quad strain in last week’s loss to Penrith.

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