Ferguson: Don’t forget about me Freddy
DON'T forget about me.
That's the message incumbent New South Wales winger Blake Ferguson is sending to state selectors after a stellar start to the season.
He's a veteran of seven Origin matches, seven Tests for Australia, and is playing his best football in years, but Ferguson is on the verge of being overlooked for the series opener in Melbourne.
With six tries in 10 games and seven linebreaks to his name in 2018, Ferguson has been a shining light in the struggling Roosters backline.
At 28, Ferguson is hardly an ageing star, but with the likes of Tom Trbojevic, Josh Addo-Carr and Nick Cotric banging down the door for a wing berth, the Blues stalwart is seemingly on the outer.
Off-field indiscretions cost him a spot in the victorious 2014 NSW team, meaning a degree of unfinished business has Ferguson all the more desperate to get another crack at the Maroons.
"They won in 2014 and I missed out on that unfortunately. It's always good to be a part of winning teams, I haven't been a part of a winning series," Ferguson said.
"I missed a year and a half through my own irresponsibleness, so I think for me, getting back and playing footy and getting the jersey that I've got is very special.
"I've got to try hold onto that Blues jersey which is something that I'm looking forward to doing.
"I've been incumbent for the last two years, so if they look to go somewhere else, I'm sure it'll have its merits.
"I don't really delve into that too much (Origin selection). If you play some good footy over a long period of time, I think you put your hand up, so hopefully I've done that over the last few years."
Roosters teammate Latrell Mitchell is another of the Blues' generation next nearing an Origin debut, and skipper Boyd Cordner has no doubts over his ability to succeed in rugby league's toughest arena.
But for Cordner, it isn't Mitchell's five tries, seven linebreaks and 43 tackle busts that is the driving force behind his backing of the impressive centre.
"He's been really good for us all year and we know how dynamic he is with the ball," Cordner said.
"The thing that's impressed me most is the way he's been defending for us on that left edge.
"I've got all the belief and all the confidence in the world that if he gets chosen he'll do a really good job, but that's not up to me, that's up to the selectors.
The Roosters' clash against Brisbane will act as a genuine Origin trial, with Ferguson opposing Queensland hopeful Corey Oates, while Mitchell's battle with fellow NSW prospect James Roberts will be something to savour for fans.