Test winger Brett Morris will use the remaining month of NRL games to remind Australian coach Tim Sheens he deserves a seat on the plane to England for the World Cup.
Morris has been a permanent fixture on the wing for the Aussies since making his debut in 2009.
But in a season where St George Illawarra have struggled and after playing in another losing State of Origin series for NSW, Morris is now hoping he doesn't become a World Cup offcast as a result.
"Obviously everyone wants to be on that tour at the end of the year," he said.
"And we won't be playing finals, so they're not going to get to see us for a few weeks.
"So it's about playing the best footy we can while we've still got the chance and hopefully we've done enough that they can select us.
"I've been a big part of the side there for the last couple of years, since '09, and it's been towards this World Cup.
"So it'd be a shame if I missed out now."
Morris has scored 12 tries in as many games in green-and-gold.
But he won't be alone among the Dragons squad in pursuing a ticket to the World Cup.
Teammate Jason Nightingale is expected to be part of the defending World Cup champion New Zealand squad, while Trent Merrin and Josh Dugan have been denied the chance to cement an Australian spot because of injury.
Morris is a likely inclusion in the Australian squad, but faces threats from NSW teammates Blake Ferguson and Jarryd Hayne, as well as Queenslander and former Dragons fullback Darius Boyd.
Morris has told coach Steve Price he has no interest in playing fullback again, after Dugan suffered a season-ending broken hand in the loss to Brisbane on Sunday.
"My fullback days are done," he said. "I think [Price] spoke to Jase about [the move to fullback], but he didn't speak to me.
"He knows I'm not too big a fan of playing there now, especially with Quinny [Adam Quinlan] being in the side, he's starting to play some good footy in the halves, it helps being on the edge [in combination] with him."
Just one more victory in the remaining four rounds would likely provide the Dragons with enough of a buffer on Parramatta to avoid the wooden spoon.
With the emergence of Quinlan and Charly Runciman, who has been named on the wing outside Daniel Vidot for today's clash with Cronulla, Morris believes there's plenty to be gained out of the remaining four games. There was too much pride in the squad and the club to slump any further.
"I don't think any of these boys want to get the wooden spoon," he said.
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