Euan still Aitken to be a Blue

Euan Aitken has only become more determined to earn a Blue jumper

Euan Aitken has only become more determined to earn a Blue jumper

HE’LL almost certainly have to bide his time, but Dragons centre Euan Aitken says missing out on a NSW jumper has only fueled the fire to earn an Origin debut.

Aitken was a leading contender for a centre spot in Blues’ coach Brad Fittler’s new guard – his performances against Maroons skipper Greg Inglis grabbing attention – but selectors ultimately opted for Latrell Mitchell and James Roberts.

The Blues series win ensures the pair will take some unseating, but Aitken is confident he can force his way into the Origin arena.

“I was pretty disappointed [to miss selection], I really wanted to be a part of that side,” Aitken said.

“It definitely does make me want it more. I know how I close I was to being in that side and I think I would’ve done a good job for them.

“It definitely hurt a little bit but you’ve just got to keep playing footy, cop it on the chin.

“You’ve just got to keep doing your best and, if you keep performing, hopefully your chance rolls around.”