Brett Morris believes a number of established NSW fullbacks are entitled to be upset if a blow-in like himself is installed as the Blues No.
1 in this season’s State of Origin series.
The race for Jarryd Hayne’s vacated custodian role is on in earnest just two rounds into the NRL season.
Canterbury coach Des Hasler has installed new Bulldogs fullback Morris as an early favourite for the key position, after a stunning start in the opening two rounds of 2015.
All 10 of Morris’ NSW appearances have come on the wing.
“It’s a totally different ball game, the rep scene,” Morris said.
“Obviously I’ve played a lot of wing there and not much fullback so if the opportunity comes and they want me to play there I would put my hand up.
“There are a lot of guys, playing fullback for a lot of years, that would probably be a bit filthy if a makeshift fullback jumped in.
“Obviously that is one position that is up for grabs at NSW this year with Jarryd going.
“There are a lot of great No.1s out there, it is only my second week there and I’m not looking too far ahead,”
Morris crossed for two tries in Canterbury’s win over Parramatta on Friday, after running for 203m and scoring a try the week before in the loss to Penrith.
But he has plenty of opposition in the fight to be Hayne’s successor against the likes of Brett Stewart, Josh Dugan, Will Hopoate, Matt Moylan and even James Tedesco.
“I thought Hoppa played well against us and he played well last week,” Morris said.
“Brett Stewart has been a great player for so many years.
“It’s nice to hear (my name put forward) from Des, but my main focus in on club footy, you don’t really have a say in it anyway – the selectors pick the side.
“I have always been a firm believer that I will always do whatever is best for the team.
“There has been a lot of hard work in the pre-season to get ready for the role of fullback.
“I’m really enjoying it at the moment.”