He knows he's got big boots to fill, but Canberra Raiders prop Corey Horsburgh has set his sights on following the footprints those boots have left behind.
Horsburgh is nervous about making his first start for the Raiders - in their massive clash against the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.
He'll wear the No.8 jersey Josh Papalii has starred in - done so well in Papalii will start for the Queensland Maroons in the State of Origin opener at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday.
As a fellow Queenslander, Horsburgh hopes to one day follow Papalii to the Origin stage.
It's not an unrealistic dream, given the 21-year-old was part of the Maroons under-20s team that beat the Blues for the first time last year.
Papalii's set for his 13th Origin appearance, making him one of the most experienced in the Maroons line-up.
He made his Origin debut for Queensland as a 21-year-old, coming off the bench in the Maroons' 26-6 victory over the NSW Blues in Origin II in 2013.
Horsburgh has known for a few weeks there was the chance to make his NRL run-on debut, having played his first eight games off the bench.
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"[That's] a big goal of mine actually [to play Origin]. I love what 'Papa' does and hopefully one day I get to do the same thing," he said on Wednesday.
"It's a big step up coming into Papa's jersey, but all the boys coming into the team will do their job and hopefully get the two points.
"[Raiders coach Ricky Stuart] said a couple of weeks ago when Papa goes into Origin I'll get my chance to start. I've been ready for it, I just had to play the good footy to get the spot."
And play that "good footy" Horsburgh certainly has.
Horsburgh was one of the Raiders' best in their 22-16 loss to the North Queensland Cowboys last weekend.
He ran for a team-high 178 metres, with one offload and 34 tackles.
While he said that performance filled him with the confidence he could handle the starting role, he was still nervous about it.
Which could be a good thing - the fiery redhead feels he plays at his best when he is.
It could also be a good thing for the Raiders, who are looking to snap a three-game losing streak that has seen them slip out of the top four.
"[It's] really exciting, a bit nervous actually, but excited for the challenge and hopefully do the job," Horsburgh said.
"I feel like I'm starting to get the pace of the game so I'm really enjoying it.
"I feel like I'll be able to do it. I'll be a bit nervous and full of energy, just have to be ready for the challenge.
"After a few losses I feel like we've got a big responsibility to start well. That's why I feel a little bit nervous.
"When I get nervous I usually play alright so hopefully it's the same thing."
NRL ROUND 12
Saturday: Canberra Raiders v Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, 7.35pm.
Raiders squad: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, 2. Bailey Simonsson, 3. Jarrod Croker (c), 4. Sebastian Kris, 5. Michael Oldfield, 6. Aidan Sezer, 7. Sam Williams, 8. Corey Horsburgh, 9. Siliva Havili, 10. Dunamis Lui, 11. Joe Tapine, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Hudson Young. Interchange: 14. Tom Starling, 15. Emre Guler, 16. Sia Soliola, 17. Ryan Sutton. Reserves: 18. Ata Hingano, 19. Royce Hunt, 20. Andre Niko, 21. John Bateman.
Bulldogs squad: 1. Nick Meaney, 2. Christian Crichton, 3. Marcelo Montoya, 4. Will Hopoate, 5. Reimis Smith, 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Jack Cogger, 8. Aiden Tolman, 9. Jeremy Marshall-King, 10. Ofahiki Ogden, 11. Josh Jackson, 12. Corey Harawira-Naera, 13. Chris Smith. Interchange: 14. Rhyse Martin, 15. Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 16. Danny Fualalo, 17. Jesse Sue. Reserves: 19. Michael Lichaa, 20. Lachlan Lewis, 21. Kerrod Holland, 23. Adam Elliott.