St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition team Head Coach Ben Hornby remains upbeat about the campaign heading into the fixture against the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium, Moore Park on Monday.
The Young Dragons are presently placed last on the competition table but enter the upcoming match well rested following their second allocated bye round.
Hornby makes no excuses for his team’s present situation but believes that his players have what it takes to mount a positive second-half campaign.
“It’s been fairly disappointing not being able to get our best players on the park so our combinations have been different from week-to-week,” said Hornby.
“Our confidence is a bit down at the moment but we will find ourselves out of this hole.
“It’s been a tough year for us but all the players are trying hard which is a positive and if we can fix a few things up maybe everything will start to change.
“The players have returned from their bye week and fortunately given we are the last game of the round it has allowed us to continue working on correcting what has been letting us down in games.
“Having said that though, I know the players who take to the field to face the Roosters will be playing to the best of their ability and importantly until the final whistle is blown.”