St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition team fullback Leigh Higgins admits the team will need to keep up to speed against Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium on Monday.

The Young Dragons commenced their new season on a low going down to the Melbourne Storm 34-8 in their opening round clash as Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Monday.

Higgins, in the midst of his second campaign with the Young Dragons, shifted from the flank to his preferred role of fullback for the encounter but concedes fitness was the left-down for himself come final whistle.

However, the custodian is keen to test himself again and knows both he and his teammates will have an extra week of fitness under their belts for the upcoming trip to Sydney’s west.

“There was a bit more running out there and definitely a bit more fitness is required but it is my preferred position and I enjoyed every minute of it,” said Higgins.

“In our first-half against the Storm we really stuck it with them but it was our second-half which let us down and we will really need to improve on that against the Tigers.

“We have several new faces in the squad this season and they held their own on the field despite the loss and I think everyone will know what to expect when we next hit the field.

“We’ll be better and come back ready to go for next week.”