By Nathan Beuman
St George Illawarra Dragons centre Dylan Farrell is excited to have returned to pre-season training following an injury-plagued season in 2014.
The Culburra Dolphins junior made just six appearances for the Red-and-Whites in his maiden campaign with the Club due to rupturing both pectoral muscles in the space of three months.
Farrell, 23, is ready to get back amongst the midst of things now his boy has recovered and is keen to test himself against new recruits Dane Nielsen and Eto Nabuli who will additionally vying for starting berths.
“I’m pretty happy where I am at the moment, and I’m excited to get back into it,” said Farrell.
“I’ve done a little bit of contact over the last two weeks but this week I’m back into full training and we’ll see how the body goes.
“It was really hard having the two surgeries so close to one another.
“I’ve had surgeries in the past, but they have always been in the off-season so these injuries were definitely the hardest to deal with because obviously I missed the season.
“As soon as I did my second pectoral, mentally I shut down.
“I didn’t really see the point in coming to training and it wasn’t the best place to be but now that I’m back in it I’m happy.
“Every year you play there are always people going for centre positions and this year is no different.
“It’s probably just this year there is a little bit more competition as far as the boys who have played first grade.
There are a few younger boys who haven’t yet played and that’s really good for the Club.”
“You could be the best player in the world, but if you aren’t putting in on the paddock, McGregor is the perfect coach to pull you straight into line.”
“There are a lot of good players here and if we can get the right team on the park and everyone stays injury free we will have a good year.”