Melbourne's Ryan Papenhuyzen doesn't need the greatest imagination to appreciate the gravity of an NRL premiership and that's why thoughts of a State of Origin debut remain distant.
The Storm's defeat of Parramatta on Saturday put them two wins away from the title and the flying fullback can barely contain his excitement.
"You just see all the photos up on the wall around the place and it looks like the ultimate feeling to win a premiership," he said.
"I'd love to do it, I have a smile thinking about it, but there's still a long way to go."
Coach Craig Bellamy heaped Papenhuyzen with praise after his two-try performance against the Eels and endorsed him for utility role for New South Wales in November's Origin series.
The 22-year-old did his best to shrug it off but it's clear Origin won't be a distraction as they prepare to play either Canberra or the Roosters in a preliminary final next weekend.
"It's nice (to be in the Origin conversation), but it's a childhood dream to win a premiership so if I can get that first (that'd be ideal)," he said.
"I'm pretty focused on that; I know it's cliche and not what everyone wants to hear but it's genuinely true."
The Raiders and Roosters both beat the Storm in last year's finals series but will have to slug it out in a grand final rematch for the right to meet them again this season.
"It was quite disappointing last year and (up next we'll play either of) the two teams we lost to in the finals last year," he said.
"Obviously there's a bit of hurt there, but a bit of motivation too."