NSW will be spoiled for choice when selecting their bench utility for this year's State of Origin series, and Warriors coach Andrew Webster believes Dylan Walker now deserves to be part of that conversation too.
While a recall to the Origin arena for the first time since his two appearances in 2016 would come as a huge surprise, Webster said Walker's ability to play several positions at an elite level means he is made for that environment.
The comments came after the 28-year-old played a starring role as a five-eighth in the Warriors' 22-14 win over the Cowboys on Saturday night in Auckland, scoring a try and making 22 tackles.
"He can do everything Dylan," Webster said.
"He could be an Origin player, because you could put him on the bench, play him at hooker, play six if you got an injury, play lock if everything was going well, and he can run and carry the ball like a mad man and tackle.
"He could do whatever you want, he's a super utility player."
Walker finds a way
Across the opening six rounds of the season Walker established himself as one of the NRL's best interchange players, before the loss of Te Maire Martin to a fractured fibula saw him move to the No.6 jersey.
While he brushed off his coach's Origin claim, Walker said he is loving life at the Warriors in his 11th season in the top flight.
"Mate I don't know... Everyone wants to be involved in [Origin], everyone wants to be a rep... the Blues have got an outstanding squad, they'll be fine [without me]," he said.
"I am enjoying it [at the Warriors]. I came over here to a new club, new country, it's exciting and I'm enjoying my football.
"I didn't want to be a s**t signing, that was my No.1 priority.
"Everyone here has been awesome and I've loved every minute of it."
Tevaga puts the Warriors in front
Walker also praised his side's ability to beat North Queensland despite coughing up 10 errors, having just 44 percent possession and having to make 81 tackles more than their opponents.
The Warriors now head to Melbourne for the traditional Anzac Day game against the Storm, which they haven't won since 2014, before taking on the Roosters and Panthers.
"When you're winning ugly, it's a good trait to have," Walker said.
We have got a lot to work on... there's just little bits and pieces in our game, fundamental errors that if we can clean them up, we can put any team to the sword.Dylan Walker
"We know that if we get 50 percent possession we can go with any team.
"It's going to be a good block of football for us, we know we are coming up against some quality opposition."