Steph Hancock will run out onto North Sydney Oval on Friday evening in what surely will be the last time in her beloved Queensland jersey.
She’s spent 16 years playing for the maroons and when she spoke to The Women’s Game yesterday, she rated it as the highest honour of all.
“You think playing for your country is the greatest of all, but nothing compares to playing for Queensland and that will stick with me for the rest of my life," she said.
Ahead of the 2017 Women's Rugby League World Cup, Hancock was set to hang up the boots but with the announcement of the NRL Women's Premiership, she decided to continue playing into 2018.
When asked about her comeback to the game representing Queensland, Hancock said she had never left.
“I made the call last year thinking that was it and won the World Cup and thought you beauty, definitely done and then I got asked do I want to play club footy with a couple of the younger girls and couldn’t say no," she said.
“Suddenly I got picked in the Queensland Country team, but I was in black all the weekend of the trials, so I didn’t think that was going to happen.
"But when they asked you if you wanted to play for Queensland one more time and you’re in the side.
“I can’t say no, I love this game too much, I love my teammates too much, so here I am," she said.
Hancock was asked by the 47th Battalion to go play for Toowoomba and to give back to the game in the city where she originally hails from.
Once again she couldn't say no.