Rising Sea Eagles star Clinton Gutherson has received some consolation for the club's disappointing end to the season with selection at fullback in the Junior Kangaroos team to play the Junior Kiwi
One of the hottest young guns in the game, the Manly junior will start at fullback in the match at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday week.
"The year has been pretty good other than losing the semi (to Canterbury)," Gutherson said.
After making his NRL debut in the final round of the 2013 season, Gutherson impressed in his three games this season and scored three tries.
He also bounced back after being sidelined for five weeks with a broken foot.
He was selected in the Junior Kangaroos squad last year but didn't make the team.
After playing with the Junior Kangaroos, Gutherson said he will work towards his goal of securing a regular spot in the Sea Eagles top 17.
"I'll get into the pre-season and hopefully get a spot somewhere," he said.
Gutherson said he was a much more confident player than last year and that showed on the field.
"Everyone said: 'Play the way you want to play' and I took that on board," he said. "I'm just enjoying my footy."
The Sea Eagles would probably have had another representative in the Junior Kangaroos if outstanding young prop Jake Trbojevic didn't miss the second half of the season with a foot injury.