NSW coach Laurie Daley and new Origin adviser Peter Sterling have named an abbreviated Emerging Blues squad, which will assemble in January.
All 13 members of the squad shape as a genuine chance of debuting for the Blues in 2017 as they seek just their second series triumph in 12 seasons.
Recent Kangaroos debutants Shannon Boyd and Jake Trbojevic have been selected, while the emergence of Canberra and Penrith as premiership powerhouses is recognised by the inclusion of three players from each club.
Raiders prop Boyd is joined by unlucky 2016 Origin omission Joey Leilua and boom front-rower Junior Paulo, while rookie teenage halfback Nathan Cleary, the versatile Bryce Cartwright and tough young forward Reagan Campbell-Gillard make up the Panthers contingent.
Trbojevic’s younger brother, Tom, has also been picked.
Ryan James, Jordan McLean, Nathan Peats and James Roberts join Leilua in the more seasoned group in the squad in terms of NRL experience, while Sydney Roosters outside-back Latrell Mitchell gets a call-up after just one season in first grade.
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“The Emerging VB Blues squad is an exciting group full of talented players,” Daley said.
“Each of the players has a realistic chance of making the Origin team for 2017 and we look forward to working with them and learning more about them during our camp in January.”
The 2017 Emerging NSW Blues Squad
Shannon Boyd (Canberra Raiders)
Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Penrith Panthers)
Bryce Cartwright (Penrith Panthers)
Nathan Cleary (Penrith Panthers)
Ryan James (Gold Coast Titans)
Joey Leilua (Canberra Raiders)
Jordan McLean (Melbourne Storm)
Latrell Mitchell (Sydney Roosters)
Junior Paulo (Canberra Raiders)
Nathan Peats (Gold Coast Titans)
James Roberts (Brisbane Broncos)
Jake Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)
Tom Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)