Rein: Being Targeted Is No Concern
Thursday 17 January 2013 6:00 AM
St George Illawarra Dragons hooker Mitch Rein isn’t worried about being a target for opposing teams after his breakout season in 2012.
Rein featured in all 24 of the Dragons NRL games last season, scoring seven tries and solidifying his ownership of the raking position.
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The Kiama junior has been enjoying a tough preseason with plenty of tough competition from all the new faces that have recently joined the club for the 2013 campaign.
“I had a pretty good year last year but I’m not really worried about being marked by the opposition,” said Rein.
“If I’m playing my best footy and playing with confidence then everything will be fine, being targeted is just a bit more motivation for me to work harder.
“The preseason’s been going really good, it’s up there with one of the hardest I’ve ever done.
“There are a lot of new faces and young guys coming through so that’s been really good having everyone push each other for open spots on the team.”
The hooker, who has been selected into the three-day NSW Origin “Blues In Waiting” camp which meets this weekend, is looking forward to playing with a possible new halves combination in Jamie Soward and Nathan Fien following Ben Hornby’s retirement at the end of last season.
Rein has also been taking on more of a mentoring role this offseason for some of the younger players who have just joined the team.
“I’m really looking forward to playing with Jamie and Nathan Fien, they’re both really experienced with Fiensy having won a World Cup with New Zealand and both playing Origin footy so that’s a good thing heading into the season.
“We all played together in a few games towards the end of last season and put in some really good performances so I’m excited to get into it.
“When I first came into First Grade it was a pretty nerve racking experience and playing in a position like hooker you have to tell a lot of older and more experienced players what to do.
“It’s a pretty hard thing to handle but I’m sure some of the younger guys will get a lot out of this season and hopefully I can help them along a bit.”