St George Illawarra Dragons lock Dunamis Lui has welcomed the challenge at trying to establish himself in and amongst a forward-pack brimming with talent.
The Toa Samoa international, who has been capped four times, joined the Red-and-Whites during the off-season having previously been with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.
The Brisbane Brothers junior admits competing for a spot in the middle against the likes of fellow international teammates Leeson Ah Mau and Mose Masoe has had a positive impact on his own game thus far and has welcomed the competition.
“I made the decision for a fresh start by coming here for my career but I know there is competition for places in the pack with both Russell Packer and Mose Masoe also coming to the Club,” said Lui.
“It makes it a lot easier knowing there are a few boys who are in their first pre-season here at the Club.
“Additionally, Jack de Belin is as established player as is Leeson Ah Mau who was named ‘Player of the Year’ last season but I am up for the challenge.
“The competition between all us players in the middle has been lifting us all and I believe we’re improving because of it.
“The attraction though is training and hopefully playing with these players as well as guys like Benji Marshall and Josh Dugan at the back.
“I’ve managed to slot in here seamlessly as everyone in general has made the transition easy as they’re great blokes.”