Wests Tigers prop Aaron Woods is fulfilling a childhood dream training under City Origin coach Brad Fittler following his selection in the 19-man squad that will take on Country in Mudgee on Sunday.
Woods idolised Fittler when he was younger and is eager to make an impression in his representative debut.
The 21-year-old admits he’s hoping to learn a lot from the former NSW and Australian captain.
“I loved him (Brad Fittler) when I was young,” Woods told NRL.com.
“To see his coaching style, how he gets the boys together and how he approaches the game... A lot of the coaches are different, everyone has their own style and it will be interesting to see how he takes it into camp.”
Woods earned Man of the Match honours in his side's 30-0 round seven thrashing of the Panthers and credits his new-found consistency as the key to his selection in the representative fixture.
“A lot of people were talking about the second-year syndrome,” he said.
“But if I can do the one-per-centers right each week and play consistent footy, I’ll be happy with that.
“That’s what I’ve been doing at the moment.”
Woods joins three other Wests Tigers players in the City line up: captain Robbie Farah, centre Chris Lawrence and second-rower Liam Fulton.