St George Illawarra Dragons captain Ben Creagh is impressed with the work rate and depth of talent on display within the pre-season train-on squad.
The Dragons skipper confesses he has taken note of the new recruits who have arrived during the off-season break whilst also providing wraps on the members of the National Youth Competition team who have been invited to train alongside the first-grade squad.
Creagh, 30, is entering his 13th campaign with his childhood club and is only seven games shy of surpassing Ben Hornby as the all-time most-capped player at the Club.
The local University of Wollongong junior admits that whilst it would be an honour to achieve such a feat he is presently concentrating on remaining fit and healthy ahead of the new campaign.
“There’s a long way to go between now and potentially earning those seven games and while it may seem short to some it will be long for me,” said Creagh.
“I need to continue training the best that I can before the season but it would be a huge record if I was to get that record.
“My goals are to stay fit and healthy and try to play in as many games as I can especially coming into the near end of my career.
“I am very excited about the season as we have shown some good signs in the back end of last season and the players we have brought in are both special and very talented who will compliment what we already have here at the team.
“There are a couple of young NYC guys who stand out for me including Jacob Host who is looking alright at the moment and training extremely hard as well as Hame Sele.
“Both players look like dedicated young men who give their all on the field and in the gym and are putting in every day and most likely will find an opportunity next season in the top squad.
“As well as that, Kurt Mann is doing extremely well at training.
“He is a young guy and really fit and seems very confident as well which is good to see.
“Mose Masoe is also training every day to get as fit as he can and is an extremely hard man to deal with out there on the field due to his power and quickness for someone his size.
“All these players will be valuable additions to the likes of Jack de Belin, Mitch Rein, Joel Thompson and Tyson Frizell who are all coming into their own which is great to see.
“Each one has aspirations of testing themselves at the highest level and will be all working alongside one another to do just that no doubt.”