Curtis Scott has taken a significant step towards the State of Origin arena after being named in New South Wales Emerging Blues squad.
The squad is made up of 31 players from across the NRL who are believed to show potential destined for the State of Origin arena.
Tim Glasby also went through the same Emerging Origin program with Queensland before making his debut for the Maroons in this year's series.
Scott’s selection caps off an incredible year for the 20-year-old who earned his way into CraIg Bellamy’s side in the second half of the 2017 season.
He went on to play a key part in Melbourne’s Premiership triumph, developing one of the NRL’s most exciting left-side pairings alongside try-scoring speedster Josh Addo-Carr.
Despite having just 15 games of first grade experience under his belt, he has shown significant growth in his development after just two years in the Storm system.
“These players will be the backbone of the NSW Origin team going forward. They all have a big future,” NSW coach Brad Fittler said of the squad.
“We’re hoping they get a lot from the Emerging Blues camp, about expectations, and learning from some of NSW Origin’s best former players, who I have played with and really respect.”