Jason Woodward has his eyes on a Wallaby jersey in the future.

Jason Woodward has his eyes on a Wallaby jersey in the future. Photo: Getty Images

Melbourne Rebels fullback Jason Woodward is hoping to take another step towards becoming a Wallaby when he runs out for his second Super Rugby season next year.

The news won't be welcome in New Zealand where Woodward was once rated a future All Black.

Woodward must play three successive seasons in Australia to be considered for Test selection and he has no plans to shift from Melbourne.

The Rebels will no doubt have him at the top of their retention list when his contract expires at the end of 2014.

Although he grew up wanting to play for the All Blacks and was part of their under 20's side, the 23-year-old is now eyeing Australian honours.

"Being a Kiwi boy I obviously wanted to be an All Black my whole life and that doesn't go away just because you move overseas but I've been loving life," Woodward said.

"My wife and I have really set up home here and I love playing for the club and if I was to stay I would play for Australia, without a doubt."

Woodward watched the Wallabies' impressive European campaign with interest and liked what he saw.

"They've definitely come right and are getting their combinations sorted and under the new coach have hit their straps.

"I think they will be a big challenge for the Springboks and the All Blacks next year."

Woodward will be pivotal to Melbourne's success next year with the Rebels backline losing stars Kurtley Beale and James O'Connor as well as speedsters Cooper Vuna and Richard Kingi.

Noted for his big boot, he is set to take over the goal-kicking duties which that duo previously managed.

He said Melbourne's pre-season had gone to a new level under new coach Tony McGahan, who was leaving no stone unturned.

"He's definitely stepped this pre-season up so we've been getting flogged pretty hard," he said.

"The backline's looking pretty sharp so it will be good to get out on the field together."

AAP