Corey Norman joined the Big Sports Breakfast ahead of the Parramatta Eels playing the North Queensland Cowboys in Round 24 of the NRL Telstra Premiership on Friday 24 August at 7:55pm.
He assured the hosts that talk of Jarryd Hayne or himself being a late withdrawal from Friday's game in Townsville is not true.
The Cowboys are on his mind after the 20-4 loss to the Melbourne Storm in Melbourne a week ago.
"(Preparation has) been really good," Norman said.
"We've moved on from last week and we've jumped right in to the Cowboys and had a good look at them.
With three wins in their last five games, Norman was asked if the team is experiencing a boost in confidence to end the season.
"There is. There's definitely belief in the camp.
"It's going to be a really good night."
Despite North Queensland being positioned at the bottom of the ladder, the winner of Friday's fixture is assured to be off the bottom of the ladder with one round remaining.
"All the teams around us that we want to lose keep winning.
"Nobody wants that wooden spoon. That's definitely a bit of motivation."
The fullback hasn't paid much attention to the talk around Johnathan Thurston's last NRL match in Townsville, to remain focused on his own team.
"You can't worry about that.
"It's going to be a good crowd up there, it will be a good atmosphere.
"We've just got to worry about what we need to do to beat them."
Asked how they can come away with a win.
"You've got to go through the Cowboys.
"I know they've got a big pack, but we've got to go through them and definitely get at JT (Johnathan Thurston) and (Jake) Clifford."