Clint Gutherson claims switching to centre will be easier in State of Origin than in club football as he prepares to play on the edge for the first time in two years.
Gutherson will play right centre for NSW in Wednesday's series opener, with the Blues hopeful James Tedesco will be fit to run out at fullback.
Saturday looms as a crucial day in Tedesco's bid to play, with the 27-year-old needing to prove he has beaten a knee injury in a long field session.
If he is out coach Brad Fittler has two options.
One would involve moving Gutherson to the back where he plays for Parramatta, calling Zac Lomax into the centres.
The other would see Cody Walker line up at fullback for the first time since 2017, giving the NRL's form man more time on the ball than he is currently slated for on the bench.
Regardless, Gutherson is ready for both options to play out against Queensland.
The Parramatta captain has trained at fullback and in the centres since arriving in NSW camp last week, after last playing out wide in the final round of 2018.
In total he has played in the centres just 11 times in his 114-game NRL career, but says growing up in the position means he'd have no issue making the transition.
"I have played a lot of centre in my junior career as well as fullback, so it won't be too hard for me," he told AAP.
"Obviously at fullback you are setting the line and you have a lot more control over the line.
"At centre you have to get up and trust your inside and outside men.
"But with all the players we have at the moment it's going to be an easier transition than if you were to do it at a club."
Gutherson said he intends seeking advice from those who'd made the switch previously, with week-to-week fullbacks regularly playing out of position in Origin.
It's also likely he will still be given the freedom to roam in attack.
Gutherson was part of NSW's extended squad last year when Tom Trbojevic scored a hat-trick at right centre in Game II in Perth.
Just one of Trbojevic's tries came on the right edge, with the Manly fullback given permission to look for the ball and opportunities all across the field.
"If it comes up I'm sure he will have something like that," Gutherson said.
"It was massive, just to be around them and see what it's all about (last year).
"See what you have to do to be at your best. It's pushed me to now."
Australian Associated Press