"I wish we were still playing. You get those few wins and it is addictive."
These are the words Jarrod Wallace said to his wife during the first week of NRL finals and it is the motivation that will drive he and his teammates across pre-season to go even further in season 2021.
After a strong finish to the year by Wallace, and the Titans, they finished one win away from the finals, but the team is already looking towards next year.
Wallace spoke with Fox Sports News (watch above) discussing all things Origin,
AJ Brimson, Moeaki Fotuaika and the Titans.
Wallace is a six-time State of Origin player for the Queensland Maroons and his form at the back end of the 2020 season had him contention once again, but it was not to be as Maroons Coach, Wayne Bennett instead opted to blood a host of rookies.
Having been coached by Bennett previously Wallace was able to give insight in what he does for his players.
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"I remember at the Broncos in that 2015 Grand Final I was so nervous but he (Bennett) just knew what to say to me to get me ready." Wallace said.
While there were two players he was both excited and disappointed for ahead of Wednesday's second State of Origin match - AJ Brimson and Moeaki Fotuaika.
"The success that we had this year with Jamal Fogarty and Ash (Taylor) playing so well, but then bringing him (Brimson) into our lineup is a big reason of why we did so well at the back end of the season, so it was great to see him make Origin but a shame to see him pick up an injury." Wallace said.
Of Fotuaika, a fellow member of the props fraternity, Wallace said, "I saw him come through the Titans as a 17, 18 year old and I was there when he debuted for the Titans and now to get to watch him play in a Queensland jersey is fantastic."
Wallace will be cheering on teammates Phillip Sami, Fotuaika and incoming Titan Tino Fa'asuamaleaui come Wednesday night as the do battle again with the New South Wales Blues.