For Rabbitohs playmaker, Luke Keary, pre-season is all about getting the little things right ahead of the upcoming season.
Keary, who has played 46 first grade games since making his debut for the Club in 2013, spoke glowingly to Rabbitohs.com.au about the pre-season experience so far.
“It’s been a strong pre-season so far for us,” said Keary.
“Everyone’s happy to be back and throwing the ball around, and getting to know each other all over again.
“This is the time of year to get all the little things right before we get back to playing, so we’re all making the most of it – it’s also a good time to get the combinations going again.
“It’s all about getting back into those good habits and routines now – I think we’re doing that and moving in the right direction.”
Primarily a five-eighth, Keary found himself playing halfback for the Club during the absence of regular half Adam Reynolds. Notably, the premiership-winning pivot led South Sydney to a three-match winning-streak wearing the number seven jersey from Round 11 to 13. Keary is thankful to have had the experience.
“I definitely learnt a lot during that time,” said Keary.
“We’re pretty lucky to have a few players that can play different positions who can just slot in and step up.
“Having that extra experience definitely gives you a bit of confidence.”
The Rabbitohs will get their 2016 playing schedule underway on February 6 at Auckland’s Eden Park, where the Club will mount their Auckland Nines title defence, before playing the Charity Shield against St George Illawarra, and a trial against the Gold Coast Titans.
For now though, Keary is solely focused on the day to day requirements of the South Sydney pre-season under Head Coach Michael Maguire and his staff.
“Those games are a long way off right now,” smiled Keary.
“We always focus on right now and what we can control, and at the moment that’s getting all the little things in pre-season right.”
“There’s competition for spots in the team, and everyone’s focusing on the goals they’ve set for themselves and for the group.
“So for me it’s all about putting my best foot forward for the team by putting in the work.”