Parramatta star Blake Ferguson has put his hand up to receive a recall in the Blues’ State of Origin team, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald.
It is understood that the winger is keen to secure a meeting with NSW coach Brad Fittler next week to “clear the air” and revive his Origin career.
Ferguson and Fittler had a falling out last year after the 29-year was overlooked at the selection table, then failing to attend the Blues bonding camp in December to train with his new club.
“Yeah, I do want to be a part of it,” Ferguson told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“Over the break in December I wasn’t really sure, that’s why I didn’t go to the NSW (training camp).
“I didn’t want to put myself in an environment where I didn’t feel like I belonged. Obviously I wanted to work hard with my teammates, they’d been back at training for two or three weeks and I wanted to get to know my teammates as well.
“Now I’m definitely keen to play both sides of footy there, for NSW and Australia, if I get an opportunity this year. Hopefully I’m playing good enough footy to be picked and anything can happen.”
Ferguson added that it was tough to watch last year’s series from the sidelines.
“I was pretty disappointed not to get picked last year, to be honest,” he said.
“It played a part – it made me play better because I had a chip on my shoulder.
“I was actually enjoying not being in and out of camps and that sort of stuff. I’m in the right headspace this year to give it a shot and see what happens.
“Obviously it’s the selectors’ decision. I’ll do everything in my power to stake my claims and hopefully win the series if I get an opportunity.”