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St George Illawarra Dragons second-rower Joel Thompsn has confessed that the new additions to the squad are keeping everyone on their toes.

The Red-and-Whites have welcomed an influx of new names into the squad this season to deepen the depth of the playing group which for Thompson means no position is safe.

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The Indigenous All-Star, who was recently selected for a fifth time, is aware of the benefits this new environment has created with each player pushing one another to their optimum.

Thompson, who has also decided to continue his role as an NRL ‘State of Mind’ Ambassador to raise awareness of mental health issues, notes that he will do his utmost for the team and is working to get his body into peak fitness.

“Training has been tough but that’s where we need to be at this time of the year,” said Thompson.

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“We know that all teams are working hard and we’re no different and we’re fortunate that all the new guys have slotted into the systems really well.

“There are some quality players amongst the names that have arrived to the Club and they are pushing us all to get through the pain barriers to get to that next level.

“I am working to get my body into the best shape it can be as it’s going to be a big year of footy.

“We all set ourselves goals and for me that is no different, the priority being to perform well for the team.”

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