Raiders centre Jack Wighton insists there are others ahead of him in the race to replace Josh Morris in the NSW State of Origin team.
Wighton has been mentioned as a bolter to fill the hole at left centre vacated by Morris, who is sidelined for eight weeks with a knee injury.
The 21-year-old held his own in an intriguing battle with possible Blues teammate Michael Jennings on Saturday night in the 26-12 loss to the Roosters at Allianz Stadium.
Wighton has made the Country Origin team for the past two years and is appearing more comfortable being back in the centres after starting the season at five-eighth for the Raiders.
He is keeping his feet on the ground amid talk he could make his Origin debut as the Blues aim to end the eight-year stranglehold the Maroons have enjoyed at ANZ Stadium on June 18.
"If you ask me, I think I'm a fair step out of the running," Wighton said.
"It's everyone's dream as a kid and as an NRL player to play Origin.
"I'm not really thinking about it and I'm just focused on the Raiders."
Raiders coach Ricky Stuart would not comment on Wighton's chances of making the NSW team, but said he was happy to speak with NSW coach Laurie Daley and selector Bob Fulton if they wanted his input.
In just 39 NRL appearances Wighton has shown he has the strength, size and footwork to compete at the highest level.
He was wrapped up by Jennings in a couple of solid one-on-one tackles in the first half on Saturday night before he found his way to the try line late in the game.
"I was up against top opposition and it was a good challenge," Wighton said.
"There were some nerves, but it was good for a learning experience.
"You learn a little bit off them and gain a little bit of confidence also."
Wighton was switched to five-eighth at the start of the season before being shifted back to the centres for the past three games.
He is enjoying having less pressure on his shoulders and able to concentrate on his running game, but left the door open to go back there later in his career.
"Going to five-eighth was a great challenge," Wighton said.
"I let my confidence down a little bit towards the end of it and it was good trying to learn.
"Maybe one day down the track I'll play five-eighth again. I'm open to anything."