St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition centre Euan Aitken is eager to kick-off the 2014 season after returning from a pectoral tear in 2013.

The NSW U18s representative has spent the pre-season focusing on his on-field form and keeping fit.

“The body has adjusted well. I’ve just come back from a pectoral tear over the off-season, so I’ve just been focused on repairing that,” said Aitken.

“Pre-season has been tough but it’s good because it pushes you to work harder and always put your best foot forward.

“It’s great having former players like Ben and Dean around. They give a lot of good insight; they have a lot of on field experience.

“I think they’re both good role models and mentors for our team.”

Aitken has additionally commenced studying a Bachelor of Science (Nutrition) at the University of Wollongong as part of the Graduates of League program.

“I’ve only just started this year, I had my first lecture on Monday. It’s different, it’s very daunting walking into a room of 500 people to listen to the lecturer.

“It’s been a good experience so far and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year.

“On the field, I'm just trying to play some good consistent footy and to make the side every week as well as stay injury free.

“And off-field I’m focusing on Uni, hoping to maintain good marks and focus on getting that degree at the end of it.”