SYDNEY - NSW winger Jarryd Hayne admits he hasn't had his head right during an indifferent start to the NRL season for Parramatta ù but is ready to make amends for the Blues.
Hayne will go into the State of Origin opener with question marks hanging over his efforts for the Eels ù his lack of consistency seen as a major factor in the club's 1-9 record.
Apart from a golden run of form which propelled Parramatta to the 2009 grand final, Hayne has saved his best for NSW, and admits the atmosphere of Origin is a major spur.
"I think it brings out the best in a lot of people ù it's such a cut-throat game," Hayne told AAP on Monday.
"It can either bring out the best or bring out the worst.
"It's the adrenaline ù that's what gets you the most and takes you to that next level."
Hayne dismissed injury as a reason for his lack of consistency, rather labelling the issues more mental.
"I just haven't had my head straight and focusing on what I need to do for the team and getting the best out of myself," he said.
Asked what was causing the mental issues, Hayne said: "One and nine ù I think it's pretty evident what the issue is.
"Losing plays on your mind, no-one likes losing."
Now in camp with the Blues, Hayne is hoping the change of scenery helps free his mind.