St George Illawarra Dragons second-rower Tariq Sims has thanked his teammates for welcoming him into the playing fold and making his arrival a seamless transition.
The local Gerringong Lions junior, who can play up front and in the second-row, was previously granted a release by the Newcastle Knights midway through that season and has since featured twice for his new Club.
Sims’ latest outing for the Red-and-Whites coincided with his 100th NRL appearance to date but he was unable to celebrate due following the 36-6 loss to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles last round.
The Dragons are now in the midst of their second allocated Bye Round which the player notes will allow his teammates the opportunity to recharge and reflect on what is to come.
“It was definitely disappointing the effort put in against the Sea Eagles but one I won’t forget in terms of the milestone,” said Sims.
“It’s hard being in the grind of the game with the scoring ending up the way it did.
“We’re disappointed but the beauty of this competition is at the moment there is next week and although we do have the Bye Round we will be facing the Gold Coast Titans next.
“We’ll be looking forward to ripping in and putting our best foot forward.
“We’ll be using the break as a chance to refocus on what’s to come ahead while also using it as a means to refresh the body as it is a long season which does take its toll on you at times.
“We’ll be focusing on what we can do for one another and putting our hand up to work.
“I’m still getting a buzz walking around WIN Stadium at training and going into the rooms I haven’t visited since I was a teenager.
“The playing squad has been very accepting of my arrival and the fans have been awesome as well and it’s just great to be back home.
“There seems to be a strong comradery here with the lads and they’re a tight-knit group of blokes.
“I like to think I’ve slotted into their systems and way of life really well.”