Rooster veteran Mitchell Aubusson has put his hand up to play at centre for NSW in this year’s Origin series.
With several preferred options either injured or out of form, the 31-year old could be the answer for Brad Fittler’s team.
Currently in career-best form, Aubusson said it would be a dream come true to put on the Blues jersey.
“It is everyone’s dream to play in that arena,” Aubusson told the Sydney Herald.
“If it did come along, I would take it with both hands, prepare and go after it like I would any other opportunity that I would get.”
He went on to say that he prepares for every game like its his last.
“I like to be thorough in my preparation every week because I am never really sure where I am going to end up,” Aubusson said.
“I make sure I know most of the plays or all the plays and our defensive structures.
“I back that and just try to put my own spin on that position. If I replace Latrell, I am not going to be Latrell. There is only one guy like that.”
Aubusson is notorious for putting in extra sessions, with only James Tedesco, Cooper Cronk and Luke Keary doing more video work to study an opponent.
“It is my role as an NRL player to make sure that I am well educated on what is coming up and I want to nail it,” he said.
“That is what has kept me in the league for a long time and hopefully it keeps me in the league a bit longer.”