Coach Des Hasler has indicated Canterbury will make Brett Morris available for Australian’s end of season Four Nations campaign.
After missing much of the NRL season with a knee injury, the Bulldogs ace said he would leave a decision on his Kangaroos availability up to his club.
However Hasler said on Tuesday that Morris’s performances over the final seven weeks of the NRL season and how far Canterbury progress in the final series will likely have the biggest influence on whether the in-form winger would earn selection in coach Mal Meninga’s Australian squad.
“I think the players and who they have available it (selection) will come back to the Australia selectors and Mal,” Hasler said at Sydney Airport.
“But you tend to find that the sides that go deep into the semi-finals, they are the players who get the nod apart from the incumbents who have their places guaranteed.
“Brett is in great form at the moment and he is a great finisher.”
Morris has again emerged as one of the NRL’s leading wingers after missing two thirds of the season due to a knee injury picked up in the NRL pre-season.
He scored two tries in the Bulldogs 20-16 win over Manly last week to take his tally to nine tries from seven games this season.
Hasler said the Bulldogs were confident Morris’s knee dramas were behind him.
“It has been a carefully planned and managed comeback for him,” Hasler said.
“He has ticked every single box in the rehab plan that was hatched for him.”
Canterbury’s top four hopes go on the line when they face Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night in the opening match of round 24.