St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition halfback Shannon Crook is eager to play in the Reg Gasnier tribute match against the North Queensland Cowboys at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Saturday.
The Narellan Jets junior believes the young Red-and-Whites will rise to the occasion to honour the life and career of the 'Prince of Centres'.
"It's an honour to be able to pull on the Red V jersey and pay tribute to an influential footballer," said Crook.
"He was called the 'Prince of Centre's' and no doubt has paved the way in rugby league.
"It's a sad time for the family, but for us to acknowledge his contribution to the game and his career highlights is really important.
"We are looking forward to getting back out on the paddock at Kogarah for the Cowboys match.
"We were pretty disappointed with our game against Melbourne last week.
"We went back to the drawing board at training and Ben and Dean discussed our game plan and structures and where we really need to improve.
"We have to maintain our consistency in the game and stay focused and in control on the field.
"The Cowboys will no doubt rise to the occasion and we're ready and confident for the challenge and hopefully can come away with the two points."