Time for younger Dragons to push and shove their method to high by firing up on the sector extra usually, says Woods

Veteran Aaron Woods has put his youthful St George Illawarra teammates on discover, urging them to raise their sport in 2023 or threat one other season with out taking part in within the NRL finals.

The Dragons boast a few of the most fun younger playmakers within the competitors, with Jayden Sullivan, Tyrell Sloan and Junior Amone all tipped as real superstars of the longer term.

Halfback Sullivan and fullback Sloan had restricted alternatives in 2022, taking part in solely 13 video games between them as coach Anthony Griffin favoured Ben Hunt and Cody Ramsey of their positions of selection.

Sullivan and Sloan each requested releases through the low season earlier than backflipping and affirming their dedication to the Dragons.

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Now that they’ve pledged to remain put, the pair have been singled out by Woods as two of the younger stars in want of consistency subsequent season.

Tyrell Sloan

Tyrell Sloan of the Dragons. (Photograph by Chris Hyde/Getty Pictures)

“We’ve received some actually good younger gamers which have been good for the final couple of years however they’re first-graders now,” Woods informed reporters.

“We are able to’t simply say that they’ve received skill. They’ve received to return out and do it.

“They should personal that jersey. For us, we wish them to dominate video games and dominate for lengthy intervals, not simply present us glimpses of what they’ve received. 

“We would like them to return out and dictate video games.”

Woods stated wholesome inner competitors may assist drive requirements up on the Dragons, who made headlines final week after tempers boiled over right into a scuffle at coaching.

“We had a little bit of a push and shove final week and it simply exhibits that it means rather a lot to the boys,” Woods stated.

“They’re competing actually arduous day-after-day and that’s what we wish.”

Woods dismissed solutions the scuffle was additional proof of a divide on the Dragons; solely three senior gamers attended the membership’s awards evening this season, reviving rumours of participant unrest beneath Griffin, who is called a tough taskmaster.

Aaron Woods of the Dragons is tackled by the Broncos defence during the round 25 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Brisbane Broncos at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, on September 03, 2022, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Aaron Woods. (Photograph by Brendon Thorne/Getty Pictures)

“As a gaggle we’ve had a fairly powerful pre-season. We had an excellent week down at Bawley Level and we received to bond a bit and get to find out about our gamers.

“That further little bit of bonding does assist.”

Fellow ahead Jack de Belin stated it was full steam forward on the Dragons’ quest to play within the finals for the primary time since 2018.

“We’ve all received a transparent focus in the intervening time and we’re all very united. It’s one staff, one dream,” he stated.


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