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By Nathan Beuman

St George Illawarra Dragons five-eighth Gareth Widdop believes that the benefits of training alongside fellow half Benji Marshall this off-season will result in a more consistent performances in 2015.

Widdop, who enjoyed an extended break following his commitments with the England Lions in the Four Nations tournament and notes how Head Coach Paul McGregor has brought a positive vibe to the Club.

With the off-season signings of experienced players like George Rose, Dane Nielsen and Heath L’Estrange, Widdop, 25, believes the Dragons are well poised for a strong season ahead.

“We obviously have a bit of experience within the team this year compared to last year, which helps,” said Widdop.

“We have a few people in this team who played in the Four Nations, so hopefully we can bring a bit of experience to the team.

“Obviously with McGregor taking over, he has brought his own theories and methods… It’s been very positive.

“The boys are very upbeat about training and enjoy themselves, which is for the best.

“Last year was such an inconsistent year.

“I think this year we just need to be a lot more consistent.

“With Benji coming in halfway through last year, it’s always going to be hard no matter what kind of player you are.

“Marshall and I have had a full pre-season together now, so hopefully that will hold us in good stead.”

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