In-form Wests Tigers speedster James Tedesco is earning himself a State of Origin debut in the eyes of many, including NSW’s incumbent fullback.
Tedesco’s strong start to 2016 has led to many arguing he should play as NSW’s No.1 in this year’s Origin campaign.
That’s despite last year’s fullback Josh Dugan being in strong form for St George Illawarra.
Dugan was a shining light for the Dragons in their 19-14 win over Gold Coast at Robina on Saturday, passing 200 running metres for the fourth time in seven appearances this season.
The 25-year-old also made several crucial defensive interventions including an ankle tap on David Mead when the Titans flyer was tryline-bound.
Tedesco’s inclusion in the Blues’ lineup would probably force Dugan to centre or wing, but it doesn’t seem to be a situation he’s opposed too.
“I know how good Tedesco’s going,” Dugan told AAP.
“He’s playing unreal and he really is pushing for a Blues spot and Australian spot.
“He’s a great player and I’ll never shy away from that.”
Dugan doesn’t however feel he has any extra incentive to perform with Tedesco’s rise.
He says his strong performances for a Dragons outfit struggling for consistency is merely a case of doing his job as best he can.
“All I’m trying to do is keep my form as good as I can for the Dragons,” he said.
“My main focus is just being here and being in the moment here with the Dragons. All I can do is play the best I can and the rest will follow.”