After locking down his NRL future rising Storm star Curtis Scott is now eyeing NSW State of Origin selection.
The 20-year-old has cemented his future in Melbourne by signing with the NRL champions until at least the end of 2021 and says he never contemplated going elsewhere.
"After the year we had in 2017 I was really excited to stay at such a great club," said Scott, who shifted from Sydney in 2015.
"I'm happy to say it's home now."
After enjoying premiership success with the Storm in his debut season Scott has higher personal ambitions in 2018.
Already on the radar of incoming NSW State of Origin coach Brad Fittler with his selection in the Emerging Blues who gathered in Sydney in January, Scott wants to break into the top squad.
Fittler has declared all positions open in the under-performing Blues outfit and Scott hoped to make the most of that opportunity.
He will have to dislodge incumbent centres Jarryd Hayne or Josh Dugan.
"I will be doing everything I can to be putting up my hand for selection," Scott said.
"I'm going to focus on playing for Melbourne Storm and doing my job well every week but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't at the back of my mind.
"Obviously it's every kid's dream growing up in NSW to pull on a Blues jersey and if I get the opportunity I will be taking it with both hands."
Called into the Storm first grade side following a mid-season injury to centre Cheyse Blair, Scott made the position his own and even finished the year with a try in the grand final win over North Queensland.
He hoped his blossoming combination with speedster Josh Addo-Carr in the Storm backline could transfer to Origin success for the pair.
With Addo-Carr on his outside, Scott crossed for six tries, three try assists and nine line breaks in his 13 Melbourne games in 2017.
"Me and Joshy are really good friends off the field and it shows on the field so hopefully we can start the year off strong," Scott said.
He will have his first run of the year in next Friday night's World Club Challenge against Leeds at AAMI Park and said he couldn't wait to get out amongst it.
"I've come back really hungry," Scott said.
"I only played half of the season in the NRL so I was really excited to come back and start working hard again."
Australian Associated Press