St George Illawarra Dragons hooker Mitch Rein admits that he intends to play a more consistent style of game ahead of the new season.
The two-time NSW Country Origin representative believes he needs to better his performances and keep the high standard on a regular basis with competition in the raking roll up for grabs.
The local Kiama Knights junior, who has made over a hundred appearances for the Red-and-Whites, has additionally identified National Youth Competition team prop Blake Lawrie as a stand-out performer at pre-season training.
The local Wests Devils junior is amongst a contingent of Young Dragons taking part in the pre-season conditioning program with his efforts not going unnoticed.
“We had a very long season last year as we commenced our pre-season preparation very early on so it was good to finally have a break when we could,” said Rein.
“Towards the back-end of the season I though we really needed a rest and while we finally did get the rest it is good to be back in amongst it all.
“Now is the time for me to step and become one of the senior leaders amongst the playing groups, especially with so many younger guys coming through the ranks.
“I want to be a lot more consistent in my performances from week-to-week.
“I spoke about the fact that I was happy with how I performances in patches last season but as I’m getting older now and being more of a central player consistency is important.
“We have depth across the park and in the role of hooker there is myself as well as new recruits Siliva Havili and Josh McCrone.
“Both those guys are training really well and will be pushing for positions as will I as no spot is safe in the team.
“There are a fair few young guys coming through and one person in particular who has stepped-up in my mind is Blake Lawrie.
“He has been training a few days a week with us and you can see he is learning a lot every time he turns up.”