Melbourne United are searching for a more productive scorer to replace axed import Cedric Jackson, coach Dean Demopoulos says.The 2012-13 MVPs sacking followed Melbourne starting the season at 3-6, having been cruelled by injuries to important starters Chris Goulding and Todd Blanchfield.Jacksons production has been down since his move from the New Zealand Breakers at the start of the season, averaging just under 10 points and five assists in nine games, and there were signs he failed to gel with his new teammates on the court.Melbourne will announce his replacement soon and Demopoulos on Friday said the club had searched far and wide, including in the NBA where he was an assistant coach for several years.It was more or less a perfect storm, Demopoulos told AAP.We had so many things happen to this ball club the last few weeks with injuries and we just felt that it was time to change and we needed a different type of player to overcome the odds.The decision was painstaking and gut-wrenching. The respect that my coaches, players and this entire organisation have for what Cedric has done made it extremely difficult.Former Los Angeles Lakers Steve Blake and Josh Powell are among the players lured from the NBA this season, both filling import spots for the Sydney Kings, while the Breakers on Thursday signed David Stockton, the son of NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton.Melbourne will head into Sundays game against the talent-stacked Sydney without star three-point shooter Blanchfield, who has an injured groin.Goulding, who played for the Boomers at the Rio Olympics, is also likely to miss as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.I dont think hell be ready for the weekend but you never know, Demopoulos said.Todds going to be out a little bit longer than Chris but hes making progress too.We miss both those guys desperately, obviously, and were hoping they get back as soon as possible.Melbournes on-court chemistry has been sorely lacking this year but Demopoulos is confident bringing in another import wont make things worse.I hope that if there is one step backwards, there are two really large steps forward, he said.We havent nearly hit where wed like to hit as a group. 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The long wait is finally over for Gavin Cooper after the veteran backrower earned a maiden Queensland State of Origin call-up.But it seems there are still plenty of anxious moments ahead for the lanky North Queensland forward.Cooper admitted to Kevin Walters he thought his ship had sailed in Origin after the Queensland coach told the 30-year-old he had finally earned a Maroons call.However, it remains to be seen when Cooper will arrive in the Maroons camp due to the imminent birth of his second child.Cooper - a veteran of 11 NRL seasons - was named as a replacement for injured bench forward Josh Papalii (knee, shoulder) for July 13s Origin III in Sydney.His words were I thought that ship had sailed, Walters said of his congratulatory phone call to Cooper.It goes to show about perseverance and sticking to your trade and doing a good job.In a landmark week for Cooper, he earned his Maroons stripes the same week his second child with wife Tenille was due.It is believed Cooper was a last minute call due to Papaliis late withdrawal and the Cowboys forward was not sighted when the Maroons squad assembled in Brisbane on Monday.Cooper may start on the bench but is expected to forrm a deadly left edge combination with his Cowboys teammate - Queensland playmaker Johnathan Thurston.ddddddddddddHe will join fellow Cowboys Thurston, Matt Scott and centre Justin ONeill in the Maroons squad.Its a blessing for Gavin Cooper to have those Cowboys players around him, Walters said.He can drive Johnathan Thurston to be an even better player for Queensland, if that is possible.Cooper - a veteran of 225 NRL games - will be out to make up for lost time after years spent either as a back-up or 18th man to the Maroons.Hes been a great player for the Cowboys over the distance and it will be great to see him get his opportunity on Wednesday week, Walters said.There are a lots of players amongst that Queensland team that are really, really happy to see Gavin finally get an opportunity.Hes been very close a number of times to being selected, even through (previous coach) Mals (Meninga) reign.I know that hed been in and around the team for a long time now and he finally gets his chance so it was a pretty easy decision from our point of view. 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