Ramien aiming for sky blue in 2019
Latrell Mitchell and James Roberts are in the sights of Jesse Ramien.
The young Newcastle Knights centre has set a goal to play Origin next year and he hopes his new surrounds in the Hunter are what will get him there.
The 21-year-old had an impressive first season of first grade with Cronulla this year, scoring 10 tries in 20 appearances, including two against the Knights when they were thrashed 48-10 by the Sharks in Round 9.
Now he hopes he can take that further and in doing so impress Blues coach Brad Fittler in 2019.
"I like to set a few personal goals at the start of the year. I have a few; hopefully play Origin, that's one of them," Ramien said.
"My main one is to play good, consecutive club footy.
"I think I need to play consistent footy week in, week out (to play Origin).
"If I can perform at club level and show that I'm ready for the step up, that'll handle itself."
Playing outside the likes of Mitchell Pearce and Kalyn Ponga is sure to help the proven finisher reach his goal.
With the two now pairing in the halves, Ramien will no doubt see plenty of action on the edge.
That was one of the attractions of moving to Newcastle.
But since starting training a couple of weeks, Ramien has witnessed first-hand what Ponga is capable of, and he's been impressed by what he's seen.
"They're a big reason I signed with the club," Ramien said.
"They can take my game to the next level and help me progress as a player, it's something I'm really looking forward to.
"He's (Ponga) surprised me massively. We all see 'KP' play and what he can do, but to actually play with him and train with him, it's unbelievable.
"The stuff he can do, we all know he's a freak, to see it in person, it's amazing what he can do with the ball."
Another big piece of the Newcastle puzzle arrives on Monday too.
The speculation around David Klemmer was finally put to bed when it was confirmed on Monday he will join the club on a five-year deal.
He starts training next week and players can now turn their attention to preparations for the season ahead and move on from the 'will he, won't he?' narrative.
"To get Klem is massive for us. We all know the player that he is and what he can do," Ramien said.
"For it to be done and completed, it's a massive relief and we can't wait to have him next week."