By Nathan Davis

St George Illawarra halfback Kris Keating is already planning to make his mark amongst his new teammates.

The Cabramatta junior, who recently joined the Dragons from Hull KR on a one-year contract, is enthusiastic about plying his trade within his new surroundings and hopes intends to push himself this pre-season in hopes of a selection spot.

Keating, 26, is excited to have the opportunity to learn off international representatives Benji Marshall and Gareth Widdop whilst also passing on what he knows to his younger counterparts.

 “Hopefully I can use my experience to help the young guys,” said Keating.

“I’m only 26 but I’ve spent eight years playing professional rugby league so I can guide the young boys if they ask questions.

 “Having said that, I’m excited to play alongside players like Benji Marshall, Josh Dugan and Gareth Widdop as they’re all top quality players and you always want to play and train alongside.

“Benji and Gareth in particular, having two great players with me in the playmaker role will help my game - it will be great to learn off them.

“I need to train hard and give myself every opportunity to get a spot in the side.

“The pre-season already is much more difficult then what I faced in England, and I’ve only been here for a week.

“I’m going to take every day as it comes and enjoy every opportunity that I’ve got.”

“The Dragons were always one those sides you’d hate playing against, they’re always a very tough side.

“The Club has such a great history and tradition behind it and I’m excited to be a part of that.

“I’m very grateful that I have another opportunity here at the Dragons, and hopefully I can do what I have to do for the Club.”