St George Illawarra Dragons lock Sebastine Ikahihifo revealed he is learning all he can under the guidance of Head Coach Paul McGregor this pre-season.
The Mangere East junior is keen to impress this pre-season in the hopes of representing the Red-and-Whites in first-grade and admits there are areas of his game he has identified to improve upon to make his goal a reality.
Ikahihifo, alongside Siliva Havili, arrived from the New Zealand Warriors during the off-season and is determined to make the most of his new opportunities both on the field and off it.
“The pre-season is coming along well and it is good to see everyone getting involved and pushing one another,” said Ikahihifo.
“I arrived here alongside Siliva who has been a teammate with me since our time at the Warriors and it was exciting to arrive.
“There are good guys through the squad who welcomed me into the ranks straight away and treated me as an equal.
“I’m really loving it down here in Wollongong as there’s plenty of distractions to keep me occupied at the end of training each day including the beach and other outdoor activities because of the fine weather.
“I’ve been playing rugby league for nearly all my life since I was six-years-old but did manage to fit in a few rugby union games in between when the rugby league games were cancelled.
“The Coach is very knowledgeable and has called me into his office several times to go over certain plays and ways that I can improve as I enjoy playing.
“He is encouraging and is all about helping to better my game and be disciplined with the things that I do.
“My goal is to represent the Dragons and hopefully begin to string a few games together from there.”