ABOUT two weeks ago, Josh Morris, a Kiama Knights junior, had a missed call from Brad Fittler.
He had an inkling as to why the NSW coach was trying to get in touch but when he called back, Fittler was getting a haircut.
He had to wait for Fittler to call back and then they had the chat.
''We just had a general chat about if I was available and I spoke to him and said if there is someone who puts their hand up in the next couple of weeks, you can pick them,'' Morris said after Cronulla's scrappy win over the Dragons.
''I said to him if you need me to do a job I will gladly do it for you - that was where it was left.''
Morris last wore the sky blue jersey in Origin I of 2016, straining his groin in an opposed session prior to the second match of the series. In the summer that followed he decided to give representative football away.
After 14 matches on rugby league's biggest and brightest stage, Morris decided the toll on his mind and body was too great.
''It is very draining on your body mentally and physically. We weren't successful like the Queensland side. It is a lot easier to do that kind of stuff,'' he said.
''I just didn't want to have that pressure on myself any more. I just wanted to try and win a premiership. That was the one thing that I want to play for and the reason I turn up each week. I really want to win the comp.''
This time around, Morris will run onto Suncorp Stadium with a completely different mindset to the one he once had.
''I used to put so much pressure on myself to go out there and this could be my last one. I am going to go and enjoy every moment of it,'' he said.
''There is going to be some good, young talent in the side and like I said, I can help with my experience.
''But I am not going to put myself under that pressure any more.
''I'm a realist. It could be one game but if I do my job, it could be three.''