St George Illawarra Dragons playmaker Jai Field has described his maiden voyage into first grade football at the Auckland Nines as a "dream come true".

Field is currently competing alongside Josh McCrone, Kurt Mann and Shaun Nona for the Dragons' No. 7 jumper following Drew Hutchison's unfortunate season-ending knee injury.

The Shellharbour Sharks junior also spoke of how he is preparing for the defensive aspects he'll have to confront over the coming season. 

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