Jack Wighton ready to roam for NSW Blues in State of Origin opener in Adelaide

ON THE RUN: Jack
Wighton and Damien
Cook: Photo: NSWRL
ON THE RUN: Jack Wighton and Damien Cook: Photo: NSWRL

Jack Wighton has been named in the centres for Wednesday night's State of Origin series opener at Adelaide, just don't expect to see him nailed down on the one side of the field all night.

The reigning Dally M player of the year, and Dally M five-eighth of the year, has been given, what he calls, a license to "roam" by coach Brad Fittler.

Wighton has just completed his second full season in the Raiders' No.6 jersey and has elevated his game to the point he was probably unlucky to not be named at five-eighth for NSW, too.

The Bloomfield and Orange CYMS product says he's happy to play anywhere as along as he's in the team, but Fittler's plan to maximise Wighton's involvement in the game is as good an indication the Raiders' star will have a massive impact on the Blues' fortunes as NSW guns for a third straight series win over Queensland.

"I just play what I see, if I have to roam I have to roam and if not I am just doing my job," Wighton told NRL.com on Monday.

I just play what I see.

NSW Blues gun Jack Wighton

"As long as I am doing my main job I will be happy ... we've been doing some good work this week, getting to know my half and winger.

"The comms are good, a lot of defensive work. So I'm feeling good about the game."

Wighton is set to line-up opposite an old Raiders teammate now wearing Maroon in the form of Brenko Lee.

READY TO GO: NSW coach Brad Fittler laps up Blues training. Photo: NSWRL

READY TO GO: NSW coach Brad Fittler laps up Blues training. Photo: NSWRL

The pair played together in 2014 in the nation's capital and while Wighton's career trajectory has exploded in the last two years, it's only in the last few months the NRL has begun to see Lee fulfil his potential.

Lee has been named to earn his first Queensland cap and, despite suffering a groin strain at training on Tuesday, is expected to play right centre. Wighton will play left centre for NSW.

"I love Brenks. He is a good kid. [That] all boils down to nothing on Wednesday night though," said the 27-year-old former Canobolas High, in NSW's Central Tablelands, student.

"He's evolved and come a long way. You take nothing out of that and play it by ear.

"He's always been the same kid and always had the talent, everyone knows that."

Wednesday night's game kicks off at 7.45pm at Adelaide Oval.

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