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Lee opens up on dream Origin debut

You couldn't have scripted it any better.

After a roller-coaster 2020 season, which included bubbles and another broken arm, Edrick Lee found himself in the right place, at the right time.

That place happened to be Suncorp Stadium, in the 37th minute, lurking on the right flank with the scores locked at 6-6 in the Origin decider.

In front of a sold-out crowd of more than 50,000 fans, the bounce of a Cameron Munster kick found Lee, who scored untouched and sent Suncorp into a frenzy.

It proved to be a crucial moment in what was a dream debut for the towering winger, with the Maroons cruising to a shock 20-14 win.

"Looking back at the game, it's all just such a blur," Lee said.

"It was definitely an enjoyable experience, being at home and playing in front of friends and family.

Watch: Edrick scores in Origin debut

"Also the spectacle that it was, being Game III and a decider, I was just happy to be a part of it."

Despite the gravity of Lee's achievement, the softly spoken Knights remains ever-humbled by the experience.

"It was an experience I never thought would happen, given the year that it was," Lee said.

"Coming back from injury, I never thought I would be selected in the squad.

"The experience is definitely one I'll remember for a while."

Edrick: Origin camp and pre-season so far

This was not Lee's first taste of an Origin camp.

The 28-year-old has taken part in emerging squads before and has been on the cusp of selection for most of his career.

However, this experience was still a unique one.

"Given the situation with being in the bubble, it was a different experience to what I've experienced before with Origin camps," he said.

"To get a debut there obviously makes it a memorable camp."

Closer to home, Lee is now a week and a half into pre-season following his delayed return to training post-Origin.

With Round One just 57 days away, Lee is focussed on being as ready as he can for the Bulldogs on March 12.

"Obviously it's a different start to the year starting pre-season later than usual," Lee said.

"For the most part, it's been pretty enjoyable.

"Everyone's confident, everybody's buying in and going through their processes properly and performing strong on the field."