Bradman Best said he was looking forward to working with NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler again after being named in a 64-man state squad on Tuesday.
The 18-year-old was one of six Newcastle Knights players selected to attend a training camp in Sydney later this month.
Best, who made his NRL debut in 2019, will be joined by teammates and NSW incumbents Mitchell Pearce, David Klemmer and Daniel Saifiti.
Fellow young guns Mitch Black and Jonah Pezet were listed alongside Best as "future Blues".
"I've worked with Brad Fittler [before] and he's been good," Best said.
"To get that from him, that compliment [picked in 64-man squad] is really good but I've got to keep my head on my shoulders, stay humble and keep working hard."
Sixteen players came under the "future Blues" banner, 14 are "emerging Blues" and the remaining 34, including the likes of Boyd Cordner, Jack Wighton, Damien Cook and the Trbojevic brothers, Jake and Tom, make up the main squad.
The two-day camp, starting December 12, will take place at the NSW Rugby League centre of excellence at Sydney Olympic Park.
NSW have won the last two Origin series.
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