Ben Creagh’s axing from NSW for game 3 of last year’s State of Origin series was the catalyst he needed to rediscover his barnstorming potential.

Creagh overcame the disappointment of being dropped by the Blues, helping St George Illawarra to a famous Grand Final victory.  

The Dragons back-rower says his Origin omission, while painful, was the wake-up call he needed.

“Extremely disappointing when I got dropped,” he told reporters at Coogee oval on Thursday.

“I didn’t play well at all in the two Origin matches. I wish it didn’t, but it kind of took that game to get me motivated to improve my game and get better.

“I’m sorry it had to happen that way, but it did and I’ve definitely been working on a lot of things that I wasn’t doing well at that time. At the moment things are going well for me.”

With his confidence back and influence at club level increasing, Creagh forced his way back into the Kangaroos team last month after a six-year hiatus from international football.

An earnest Creagh said he had become comfortable and predictable with his career and that the disappointment of missing Origin 3 was the catalyst for him to evolve.

“You are a bit older and you think you have everything covered and you really haven’t,” he said.

“You have to keep working on things that you aren’t doing well and you have to keep trying to get better. You can’t just be complacent, you can’t think ‘that’s good enough’, it’s not you know.

“That is what I have learned from that experience and it is a good thing that I have learned.”

Now he is back in the NSW side and determined not to merely make up the numbers, a sin he confessed he was guilty of making last season.

“I was kind of getting left out of games and it was my fault,” he said.

“I wasn’t playing with any confidence. I wasn’t getting involved in games, wasn’t defending well.

“Play-the-ball in attack, line speed in defense, I wasn’t doing things quick enough.

“But now, I’ve been mixing up my game a bit so I’m not so one-dimensional, and adding a bit more value to the side.”