As Luke Keary continues his impressive sophomore season with the Sydney Roosters, he was offered a reward late last week when he was selected in Brad Fittler's extended New South Wales Blues squad.
The 26-year-old five-eighth was quick to make his mark at the Roosters in his maiden season with the Club in 2017.
His performance has continued to improve in his second year with the Tricolours, with his name featuring heavily in discussions about State of Origin team selections leading into this year's Series.
While he missed out in selection for game one, Keary is a step closer to making his Blues debut, having being named in Fittler's 20-man squad for game two, and he has embraced the opportunity to learn all he can during the week-long camp leading into Sunday's match at Homebush's ANZ Stadium.
"Freddy buzzed me after the game against the Panthers, which was a really good win for us and a good team performance," Keary said about how he was selected.
"To get that call was pretty special, he said he wanted me to be a part of that culture they're building here going into the future.
"To be a part of the group and so close to everything has been really exciting and a privilege."
Keary has fit right into the Blues squad at this week's camp and says that it comes down to his Club teammates helping him feel as comfortable as possible.
"Having Boyd, Latrell and Teddy here is awesome for me and helped me fit right into the team.
"Obviously I play on the same side as Boyd and he's my Captain at both levels, so it's made things very comfortable."
It's unclear as to whether or not Keary will be included in the 17 for game two, but his aim is to stay sharp and ready.
"I'll be here for the whole experience which is really exciting.
"I'm staying ready and of the mindset that anything could happen.
"I don't know if I'm going to get my shot or not, but I'm staying ready, continuing to enjoy it and hopefully I'll get to see the boys get the job done on Sunday."
Should the Blues come away with a win in game two, it will be their first State Of Origin series win since 2014.
The final squad will be named one hour prior to kick off on Sunday night.