By Rachael Price
St George Illawarra Dragons winger Yaw Kiti Glymin is thriving in his second pre-season with the first-grade squad after changes were made to the way training is delivered to players.
The Arncliffe Scots junior made an impact in the NSW Cup Illawarra Cutters side during the 2014 season but was unable to play in the Finals Series due to injury.
The 21-year-old understands he is gaining experience where he can and knows what he needs to do to make it to first grade in 2015.
“Pre-season is a lot different to what we’ve had in the past; we’re doing a lot more football based stuff so we’re more hands on with the footy,” said Glymin.
“We’ve been working on our fitness, ball skills and fighting fatigue on the field and it’s working out really well.
“There have been some scorching hot days at training so it’s good to have the beach just a minute’s walk away.
“This is my second pre-season and my first under Mary, it’s a bit of a change but it is working out well for the Club.
“Mary is doing great in his first preseason, all the boys really respect him and we all take what he says on board.
“He’s told me that I need to put my head down and work hard during pre-season and work on my weaknesses, hopefully then I can show my skills in the top grade.
“I’d like to play on the wing next season; I’ve played there for a few years now, in 20s and New South Wales Cup, so I think I’m comfortable there.
“If the opportunity to play on the wing in first grade comes then I’ll be ready to step up and take it with both hands.
“We have a few new faces around the club; I’m really enjoying training alongside Eto Nabuli, he’s a funny bloke and a machine when he’s out there training.
“There’s a lot of experience out there so I’ve just been trying to learn what I can from the boys who’ve been here a while.”