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He didn’t get to pull on a Blues jersey this year, but Josh Jackson has learnt a lot from his experience inside the New South Wales camp.

Jackson, the hard-working back-rower from the Canterbury Bulldogs, made his second appearance as a Country representative this year and at the time, Country Coach Trent Barrett said, “he could emerge as a surprise State of Origin selection for NSW if he can continued his impressive start to the season.”

Continuing his hard work and consistency certainly paid off when he was called into the New South Wales Camp for game one as the 18th man and at the time Jackson said it was an exciting time.

“I’m very excited…not sure what to expect, but just looking forward to being inside this environment,” said Jackson.

Since returning from the camp Jackson has really taken his game to a new level.

“Being around players with a wealth of experience gives you plenty of confidence to help improve your game,” said Jackson.

A Blues jersey is not far away for Jackson, but his focus turns to playing consistent footy for the Bulldogs.

“I need to focus on my role at the Bulldogs and the other stuff will look after itself,” said Jackson. 

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.