St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition winger Reuben Garrick is optimistic to fulfil several of his intended goals this season.

The Gerringong Lions junior is in the midst of his second first-grade pre-season training program and has hopes it will put him in pole position to make his debut for the Illawarra Cutters in the NSW Cup.

Garrick, who sustained a season-ending knee injury midway through the previous campaign, believes this will allow him to continue training with the first-grade squad and help him adapt to the requirements needed to ultimately play in the NRL.

“I have a number of goals as well for next season including getting some time to compete with the Cutters in the NSW Cup,” said Garrick.

“This will hopefully pave the way for me to train further with the first-grade squad throughout the season.

“It’s been a massive step-up from the NYC pre-season but I’ve enjoyed it due it being difficult but ultimately rewarding.

“I’ve noticed it being a massive step-up having to get used to the training loads as the body was finding it hard to adapt in the first few weeks and I was going home very sore.

“I have since slowly adapted to it and enjoying it now more and more each day.

“The knee is great now that I am back to one-hundred percent fitness and I feel really good.”