Inglis not seeking square-up with Aitken

Adrian Warren
Greg Inglis faces a tough head-to-head battle with powerful in-form centre Euan Aitken on Sunday

South Sydney star Greg Inglis is determined not to be distracted by thoughts of getting square with potential State of Origin opponent Euan Aitken on Sunday.

The Dragons centre is pushing for a first NSW Origin cap, scoring seven tries in nine NRL games.

One of those tries came in the Dragons' 16-12 win over the Rabbitohs last month, when the 22-year-old stood up Inglis on his way to the line.

Inglis said he had nothing special planned for Aitken at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

"He's doing pretty much what he's been told to, he's playing exceptional footy," said Inglis.

"(But) there's no get-square, if I focus on that, it just goes away from the rest of what I've got to focus on."

Marrons stalwart Inglis is on track for a return to Origin after playing all nine Souths games this year after a knee injury wiped out virtually all of his 2017 campaign.

"I just feel like I'm growing each and every week, coming back from an ACL, it does take time," he said.

"I'm happy. There's a few things there that I still need to fix up."

The fifth-placed Rabbitohs stand to get the most accurate gauge of their finals prospects so far against the ladder-leading Dragons, who on Monday were installed as the new competition favourites by at least one betting institution.

All five of Souths' wins were against teams below them and they have lost to each of the top three.

"I think our confidence has been growing each and every week," Inglis said.

"Last time we played the Dragons, they just outmuscled us, true and simple.

"I know we've got the side here, it's just getting consistent each week.

"The Dragons are on top, because they just grind out week in week out.

"They've got strike weapons across the field.

"We know we've got our hands full this week."

Asked if the 2018 Dragons were the real deal, Inglis said: "without a doubt. In the past people have been writing them off.

"But they've got great leaders in there in Gareth (Widdop) and James (Graham)."