Jake Trbojevic is a certainty for the Origin opener in Melbourne.
Jake Trbojevic is a certainty for the Origin opener in Melbourne.

Turbo-charging NSW’s Origin assault

FROM Mona Vale to the MCG?

Manly's talented brothers Jake and Tom Trbojevic are desperate to achieve their boyhood dream by representing NSW side-by-side.

Injury robbed Tom's Origin dreams last year - but all that will change if NSW coach Brad Fittler pens the the Mona Vale Raiders juniors into his Origin I squad over the next 24-hours.

Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett said he couldn't be prouder if the siblings recieved their call.

Sea Eagles brothers Jake and Tom Trbojevic. Picture: Adam Yip
Sea Eagles brothers Jake and Tom Trbojevic. Picture: Adam Yip

 

"It's the whole family - they're a footy family, who are down to earth and such decent people,'' Barrett said.

"We're lucky to have them.

"Whileever they're here (Manly), this club will always be a chance of winning the competition.

"They boast a selflessness - they're all for the team.

"I know Freddy (Fittler) very well and I know that's the player he would want.

"There's nothing about the pair that not to like. They train hard, they're selfless, they'll do anything for anyone else and they can play.

Tom is in the frame for multiple positions in the Blues backline. Picture: AAP
Tom is in the frame for multiple positions in the Blues backline. Picture: AAP

"They're tough and tick a lot of boxes.

"They'll be the heart and soul of this joint for a long time and if they can get a go in that arena, they can do the same for NSW.''

With Jake set to earn a starting spot in the Blues pack, Tom's position within the NSW line-up remains open to interpretation depending on an achillies injury to Brisbane's James Roberts and the recovery from Saturday night of Roosters duo James Tedesco and Latrell Mitchell.

Tom is being considered as a possible centre, wing or fullback option by Fittler.

The 21-year-old's 102kg frame is a lure for Fittler to use him at right centre, where he would be tasked with stopping Queensland's Greg Inglis.

"He'd handle it,'' Barrett said.

"His best position is fullback, obviously.

"But if they go with Tedesco there, everyone will understand why. So if they pick Tom in the centre's or on the wing, he'd do a good job.''

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