Widdop: Big Task Awaits

St George Illawarra Dragons five-eighth Gareth Widdop has welcomed the upcoming task of rekindling consistency ahead of the match against the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium, Moore Park on Monday.

The Dragons return from their second allocated bye round poised to confront the approaching bloc of twelve fixtures which will decide their fate come season’s end.

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Widdop admits the two recent breaks have dampened the Club’s earlier run of form which has seen them propelled into third-place on the table but has backed him teammates to rediscover that form having returned to training.

The England international has additionally welcomed the news that teammates Will Matthews and Jason Nightingale have both opted to continue their stay at the Club.

“It’s great news about both Wilbur and Jason both re-signing for the Club as they are both key parts of our squad and its fantastic news,” said Widdop.

“When people are going through contract negotiations it can be a bit of a distraction but its good that both have been sorted and we can focus on the backend of the year.

“It was good to have a few days off during the bye but we’re all back on board ready for the hard work which will be needed over the next ten to twelve weeks.

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“We haven’t had a lot of consistency these past couple of weeks due to having the two bye rounds in between games but now we can concentrate on the straight run of games ahead and aim to improve on the little things that are needed.

“The Roosters are a good team and we’re expecting another tough encounter against them but we’ve trained hard and are looking forward to coming up against them.”