Mitchell Moses says Cooper Cronk has served as an inspiration throughout his NRL career.
Now the Parramatta halfback wants to prove it after suffering a mini form slump, which has put any talk of State of Origin on the backburner.
Moses said he made a point of following the career of Queensland and Australian great Cronk, who he rates among the best No.7s the game has seen.
The announcement on Monday, that the 35-year-old Sydney Roosters playmaker will retire at the end of 2019, prompted Moses to reveal the influence of the man who is 11 years his senior.
"I've definitely tried to watch as much video on what Cooper does in a game, just little effort areas that he does," Moses said.
"I hear so much (about) how much he puts into his game. It's a credit to him and that's why he's been so good over such a long period of time.
"He's up there among the best halves to ever play the game. What he did last year with the Roosters was outstanding and what he's doing at the moment, to be honest, is outstanding."
Moses started the year as one of the competition's form halfbacks but concedes his form has dipped in recent times, including during last week's 17-10 loss to North Queensland.
Queries about whether he could earn Origin selection for NSW were batted away, revealing he has had no contact with Blues coach Brad Fittler.
"I haven't spoken to him," Moses said.
"I've got to play good footy for Parra, I haven't been doing that for the last few weeks. I've got to focus on that."
The eighth-placed Eels have lost their last four games on the road but can turn momentum around when they host the troubled Penrith Panthers on Thursday.
Moses was charged for a grade one dangerous contact incident in Townsville but will be free to play at BankWest Stadium if he pleads guilty.
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