St George Illawarra Dragons prop Rory O’Brien is eager to learn all he can from veteran players during his first pre-season training with the Red-and-Whites.
The Hurstville United junior is soaking up the experience and hopes to secure a position in the starting line-up when the Red V take to the field next year.
The 25-year-old was Head Coach Paul McGregor’s first signing midway through the last campaign after previously being involved with the Illawarra Cutters side in the NSW Cup.
“Pre-season training with the Dragons has been awesome so far, I’ve been learning a lot from the boys,” said O’Brien.
“I still have a long way to go, but I’m enjoying getting to know everyone better and learning all that I can from them.
“I’m really keen to train alongside the older players here at the Club; they’re full of experience and they’re willing to pass on all their expertise to those who want to learn.
“We’ve come back to training early so we have plenty of time to get ready for al those preliminary games, we want to go onto the field at the start of next season with no stone left unturned.
“My main goals for preseason training are to drop some weight, get super fit and build my strength which is pretty much the same as everyone else’s; we’re all working toward the same things.
“Next year I’d love to cement a place in the team, but to get there I need to work on myself first.”