St George Illawarra Dragons fullback Adam Quinlan confesses it is good to be back in and around familiar red-and-white colours.

The local Culburra Dolphins junior returned to the Red V in recent weeks after stints with both the Parramatta Eels and most recently UK Super League team St Helens.

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Quinlan, who has agreed to a one-year contract, believes his time away from his childhood club has helped him grow as a player and is looking forward to playing his part in the squad ahead of the campaign.

“It’s really good to be back and it’s a real honour and privilege to be back training with the Red V,” said Quinlan.

“I wasn’t really sure what laid ahead when I departed and didn’t see myself going to England but that turned out to be the case.

“I left here on good terms and always wanted to come back here at some stage so for it to be so soon means its time to rip in.

“Prior to signing I had a long discussion with McGregor about my last year and how I had developed and what I had learnt over in England.

“He told me there could be a spot here for me and told me to put my head down and start working on the areas that need improvement.

“It was a good experience having the opportunity to compete in the Super League and I really enjoyed my time.

“I have no doubt that the time away will really help me grow as a footballer.

“St Helens is a great club who really did well by me and helped me out but coming back here really made you realis what you had before.

“It’s a great club here too with fantastic coaching staff and facilities and of course great people to be around.

“There’s such a lot of depth here at the Club now especially with a number of younger guys trying to push through as well.

“It’s really exciting times for the Club and while it’s going to be tough to get a crack hopefully I can put my best foot forward and see what comes.“