St George Illawarra Dragons centre Dylan Farrell is eager to experience the feeling of the local derby against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Remondis Stadium, Cronulla on Saturday.
Farrell, 22, admits that there is a positive feeling around training following the win over the New Zealand Warriors last round with players but has warned that they are not taking anything for granted.
The Culburra Dolphins junior is additionally proud to see fellow Culburra junior Adam Quinlan take on the role at fullback after Josh Dugan was sidelined with a knee injury.
“We’ve had a great start, there’s an awesome vibe around here at the club and all the boys are really happy,” said Farrell.
“We’re definitely not going to get ahead of ourselves; the games are only going to get tougher and we have to keep working hard at training.
“The weather over in New Zealand was pretty intense but not as bad as what everyone was saying it was going to be; I would’ve hated playing at fullback, some of those bombs were swirling around.
“I’ve been getting down to the beach and going to the park with my daughter, she’s a very active little girl; I’ve really been enjoying my time with the family outside of football.
“Adam Quinlan is a great little player; obviously it was a big loss to the team when we lost Duges but I knew Adam would do a great job.
“He offers a few little different things in his game like his passes, support plays and floating around the ruck; he’s playing great at the moment and hopefully he’ll keep that form.
“My role at the Dragons is quite similar to the role I played at the Rabbitohs; in the centres they like you to get involved as much as you can.
“There are still a lot of things in our game that we need to work on, we are doing that week-in week-out and hopefully we can keep improving.
“The boys are really excited about the local derby, so that’s getting me excited; if it’s anything like the Roosters game I’m really looking forward to it because they were really physical.”