Walters and Minichiello rate Wighton a chance of stealing Tedesco's NSW fullback spot | Video, poll

PERFECT FIT: A couple of legends of the game are suggesting Orange's Jack Wighton (pictured) is a real shout to take the NSW No.1 jersey from Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco this year. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
PERFECT FIT: A couple of legends of the game are suggesting Orange's Jack Wighton (pictured) is a real shout to take the NSW No.1 jersey from Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco this year. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

All the talk is that Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco already has the NSW Blues No.1 jersey sewn up.

But Queensland coach Kevin Walters and former Blues fullback Anthony Minichiello both think Orange product Jack Wighton is in the mix to wear it during this year's State of Origin series.

Particularly after he scored a try in his Canberra Raiders’ 46-6 thrashing of the Tigers at GIO Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Tedesco's start to the season has many pundits proclaiming he'll be Blues coach Laurie Daley's fullback in May.

VIDEO: Watch the highlights of Wighton and his Raiders’ scintillating performance against the Tigers on Sunday

But Wighton finished 2016 in brilliant fashion and carried that into rounds two and three after missing the Raiders' season opener due to illness.

In those two games combined Wighton has scored three tries and ran for 338 metres.

Walters feels Wighton is one of about six players who could play at fullback for the Blues come Origin time.

"Jack's played some rep footy before. He's a player with an enormous amount of ability. There's probably half a dozen fullbacks there that could safely wear the Blues jumper and do it proud," he said.

"Certainly Jack's one of those. I'm sure Laurie wouldn't have hesitation in playing him in that position for NSW."

Minichiello, who played 11 Origins for the Blues, didn't envy Daley's selection headache.

Along with Tedesco and Wighton there's also Matt Moylan, Jarryd Hayne and Manly's young gun Tom Trbojevic who will all be in the mix.

"He's got potential without a doubt. When you look at the headache selection that Laurie does have this year, it's quite hard to choose an outside back for the Blues backline isn't it," Minichiello said.

"You've got so many great fullbacks going around, centres, wingers that are starting to really perform over this last two years.

I'm sure Laurie wouldn't have hesitation in playing him in that position for NSW.

Canberra legend Steve Walters

"If Laurie gets it right the Blues could go on and do something special in the next few years."

Wighton was looking forward to the challenge of taking on Tedesco.

While he said he's always pushing for a representative jersey, he's come to a point in his career where he doesn't think about it - with his sole focus on getting the job done for the green machine.

But if he does get a chance for the Blues he vowed to take it.

He put his form over the second half of last season down to simply "doing all the little things" and if he keeps doing that then he'll "be okay".

"I'm always pushing for a rep jersey, [Tedesco]'s a good player and if that's the way people see it [that he'll be the Blues fullback then] they see it like that," Wighton said.

"I've always just been playing my best game for the club and whatever opportunities come for me I'll take them with both hands.

"I've come to a stage where I don't think about rep footy. I've just got to play my footy and that's the way it works. If you get an opportunity, you get an opportunity and if not just keep doing your best."