He was the candidate that was hand-picked by the Bulldogs as the long-term replacement for departed prop Ben Hannant, and he has been hailed as a a future Origin forward, despite not even having played 50 NRL games.
For Aiden Tolman, he knows that he has to prove his worth to the Bulldogs in order to achieve a starting spot, but there are many other goals that he has in mind both now, and in the future.
Tolman is unperturbed of all the talk that he is a future Origin star, and a marquee signing, and he would much rather focus on the task at hand, which is playing well for the Bulldogs.
“I know I’ve got to perform well to get picked in the side every week there’s no doubt about that,” Tolman said yesterday.
“But at this stage there’s no pressure on me.
“I just want to get out there this weekend and pull on the jumper and get some minutes and hopefully pushing into round one I can be there in the team.”
With Craig Bellamy as NSW coach last year, he was supposedly very close to earning his first Origin spot, and whilst he was named as a part of new NSW coach Ricky Stuart’s ‘Squad in Waiting’, representing NSW his far from his mind.
“I’m not saying it’s not a goal to play Origin football one day, but at this stage I haven’t even played a game for my new club yet,” he said.
“We haven’t even started yet and there’s plenty of great players that have been there before and will step up this year”.
“At this stage I’m just concentrating on this weekend. From there we can hopefully get into the comp games and start off well and then if Origin comes around I’ll be more than happy to take that.”