Chris McQueen will be looking to grow each day in his role within the Rabbitohs team, after the forward played what he described as his best game of the year so far last week against Manly.

The Queenslander played the full 80 minutes against the Sea Eagles in Round 16, amassing 106 metres from 11 runs, four tackle busts and 35 tackles.

McQueen is keen to continue on with that work-rate and build upon it this Friday night against the Penrith Panthers.

“That was probably one of my better games this year,” said McQueen.

“But the key for me now is to make sure I continue that and keep playing like that all year. My match-fitness is up, just being out there playing longer minutes you sort of get involved a lot more.

“It just helps – there’s probably no better practice than being on the field.”

With plenty of competition for spots in the Rabbitohs forwards, McQueen said that young-guns such as Chris Grevsmuhl and Nathan Brown have been a source of inspiration to him and those around him with their aggressive play.

 

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“They’ve both been great for us,” admitted McQueen.

“Grevsmuhl was with us last year and put in the hard yards all year last year and early this year to get his start and Nathan Brown has obviously joined us this year – he’s a pocket rocket. He’s built low to the ground but he runs, he tackles hard.

“They’ve both been good inspiration for all the boys.”  

The Panthers come into this Friday night’s clash against the Rabbitohs having defeated the Wests Tigers by an impressive 35-12 score-line and are only two points out of the top eight in 10th position.

“They’re playing really well,” said McQueen.

“They’ve got a good squad there, so again we have to show up like we did last week – we have to show up like that and be competitive.”

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