Rabbitohs prop forward, Dave Tyrrell, is using the 2016 pre-season to focus on building and improving areas of his game that he has identified.
With the help of Rabbitohs coaching staff and his teammates, the Prime Minister’s XIII prop forward is building towards what will be his eighth season in the top grade at the Rabbitohs.
A veteran of 133 games for the Club, for Tyrrell, being back in the Rabbitohs environment alongside teammates new and old, has been a positive experience.
“It’s been really fun getting back into the swing of things,” said Tyrrell of the pre-season.
“Bonding with the new guys and the old guys has been a good experience so far, and we’re getting to know each other really well.
“Obviously there’s still a great deal of pre-season yet to come, so we’re all focussed on improving ourselves as individuals and as a team.
“We’re just making the most of the opportunities we have right now. Now’s a good time to work on all those things that you know you can improve on, as well as just getting the chance to get your body right before the start of the new season.”
During season 2015, Tyrrell made a total of 1783 metres with the ball in hand off 209 runs, while also proving himself effective in defence by completing 509 tackles. His hit at Brookvale Oval against Manly in round 22 ranked as one of the hits of the year.
But while Tyrrell is primarily focussed on the improvement of his game, that hasn’t stopped the Superman fanatic from indulging in his other great love – movies.
Speaking to Rabbitohs.com.au, the film nut sounded out his biggest movies of the Christmas period.
“There’s a really big one actually – Star Wars Episode VII,” said Tyrrell.
“That’s definitely a must-see. People are getting pretty excited about that one especially now that we’re getting closer to the Christmas holidays.
“I’ve also heard some really good things about Creed (the new Rocky movie/spin-off) – I haven’t seen it yet but there’s plenty of positive things being said about it.”
Asked how he’ll be spending the holiday period, Tyrrell pointed to family, good company and good food.
“I’ll be spending Christmas with the family – enjoying a nice lunch and dinner,” smiled Tyrrell.
“I can’t wait to see what’s under the tree for me too. We’ll see how that goes.”
Over the weekend, Tyrrell was named an NRL State of Mind ambassador for 2016, joining representatives from all 16 clubs, the Harvey Norman Jillaroos and Touch Football Australia as part of a campaign to reduce stigma around mental illness.