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St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition utility Jack Bird is determined to make his first-grade debut but is taking it one step at a time focusing on preseason and improving his dexterity on the field.

Bird, 18, joined first-grade teammates to promote the NRL’s powerful “Tackle Bullying” campaign in schools across the Kiama and Shellharbour areas last week.

The Berkeley Eagles junior feel honoured to be a part of the campaign and is enthusiastic about stopping and educating students about the possible implications of bullying other people and how those impacted by bullying can seek help.

“We are today to tackle bullying, get that message out to the kids and educate them on the impact that bullying can have on people,” said Bird.

“Our main goal is to stop bullying; we are all human so there’s no reason for it.

“We are going to a few schools around the Illawarra and I think it’s a great opportunity for us to go around and talk to the kids about this issue.

“It’s a big privilege to be able to come here and talk to the students today; we are here to talk out the issue and that benefits us and them, we are learning from each other.

“It’s quite a nice break from preseason, but I’m really looking forward to the footy season this year and keen to get a go in first grade.

“I’m not too worried about the Nines at the moment, there are a lot of great players here and if I’m not selected this year there’s always a chance next year.

“I’m focused on working hard to get a crack in the first grade side, that’s my number one priority.”


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