The weather’s warming up and so too is Kyle Turner and his Rabbitohs teammates, as they prepare for the upcoming 2016 NRL campaign.
“Pre-season has been a good bonding experience and a chance for us to grow so far,” said Turner, who will now enter his third season in the top grade.
“Everyone’s got their own individual goals as well as the team goals that they want to work on for the new season, and that’s what we’re all focussed on at the moment.
“All the little things that you do in pre-season training make the difference, whether it’s pushing yourself to run just a bit further or helping along one of your teammates.”
After the Auckland Nines tournament in early February over in New Zealand, pre-season trial matches will begin on Saturday 13 February, when the 33rd Charity Shield gets underway against traditional rivals, the St George Illawarra Dragons.
The final touches on the Club’s pre-season will be finalised on Saturday 20 February, when the Rabbitohs make the road-trip up to the Gold Coast to take on the Titans at Pizzey Park in what will be a must-perform opportunity for the men in red and green.
But while the Club’s pre-season schedule has now been finalised, for Turner and his men, it’ll be business as usual in every facet of their preparation – Turner again pointing to the ‘little things’ as being of vital importance.
“I guess it’s nice to know where we’ll be playing our trials, but there’s a lot of work that has to be done if you want to actually have a crack at one of those games,” admitted Turner.
“Everyone has to earn their place and to do that, we always focus on what we can control. right now, that’s going through each day of pre-season and putting in 110% each time.”
Asked if the itch to play has already struck, Turner smiled while admitting as much.
“Having a break is always nice, but it doesn’t take long before you start missing playing. I’m looking forward to getting out in front of those Members next year again and putting in my all.”