Sydney Roosters' Mr Fix It Mitchell Aubusson is ready to try to fill the big boots of Latrell Mitchell after the NSW State of Origin star was suspended for one game at the NRL judiciary.
Mitchell was found guilty of dangerous contact following a marathon 100-minute hearing last night, that took just as long as the Rugby League Players' Association did to review the entire season at their awards night down the road.
The Roosters centre will now miss the tri-colours' preliminary final against either St George Illawarra or South Sydney on Saturday week, before being able to return for the grand final if his team wins through.
And Roosters veteran Aubusson - who has played as a utility for the best part of his 12-year NRL career - said he was ready to step up at left centre when it mattered most.
"It's something I pride my career on, the shortest time I have had to prepare for a game is probably two hours, with Robbo (coach Trent Robinson) saying I had a position change for that game," Aubusson said.
"I'm really confident stepping in. I'll work hard. We've got two weeks to prepare for it and I'll take on a bit if I need.
"It's something that probably kept me in this team for a long time. It's something I really look forward to - the opportunity to play in different positions and to excel and hopefully do really well in that position."
Regardless, Mitchell's absence will come as a massive blow to a Roosters side already missing Queensland State of Origin prop Dylan Napa to suspension.
Mitchell has scored 16 tries, made 18 linebreaks and busted through 101 tackles to go with a breakthrough Origin series for the Blues.
"He is going to be a massive loss for us but if that's the case we have to go on with it," Aubusson said.
"It's a preliminary final so we have to aim up."
Mitchell was found guilty of dangerous contact on Josh Dugan in Saturday's elimination final win, but it was carryover points and weighting that cruelled the centre.
A cannonball tackle from the previous week meant he would be suspended for a game unless he could beat the charge, even with an early guilty plea.
However he failed to convince the judiciary panel he'd given Dugan's head enough space as he fell in the tackle, and did not speak to the media as he left the hearing.
Sydney Roosters star Latrell Mitchell in action against the Warriors.
It was a State of Origin series win to remember for NSW and Blues players have a coffee table book to make sure they never forget it.
They were handed a 144-page book at Monday night's Brad Fittler Medal to document their journey from a batch of rookies to series champions.
With coach Fittler telling the team not to bother buying into any media hype because they'd get a chance to read it back later, staff collected articles from newspapers about the series from the first day of camp to Game III.
Every day of camp is documented chronologically in the display book, which also includes galleries of team training and inspirational quotes from Fittler.
"I never looked into much media and read too many articles about it," Blues player of the series James Tedesco said.
"So to look back and see us at training and winning the series, it's something I will cherish for the rest of my life."
Printed with each player's NSW number and given only to them and football staff members, the book is the last of Fittler's initiatives for 2018.
Blues players were rushed back into their NRL teams after the series victory in July but the books gave them and staff the chance to reflect on the six weeks on Monday night.
"Honestly, it was such a privilege to be involved in this Origin series," adviser Greg Alexander told guests at Monday's awards night.
"Looking at the photos in the books, two things stick out to me: the last 15 minutes in Origin II where we won the series and the first half in Origin III where it was a rugby league miracle we were in front at halftime.
"I'd forgotten what it was like to commit yourself to something as emotionally and physically as our players did."
James Maloney in action for the NSW Blues during Game II of the 2018 State of Origin against the Queensland Maroons.