For Rabbitohs utility, Paul Carter, versatility and the ability to evolve and adapt is a key part of being a first grader.
Now into just his first pre-season with the Rabbitohs after joining the Club as a mid-season signing in 2015, Carter is taking the period as an opportunity to develop his skills and versatility, in the knowledge that such attributes can prove valuable during the course of an NRL season.
“Everyone’s working towards being the best player they can be right now,” said Carter of the pre-season.
“A lot of different challenges get thrown up during a season on the field and it’s up to us – individually and as a team – to meet those when they come up. Now’s the time to work on those things.
“I think the more positions you can cover and the more willing you are to take the challenge – the team benefits. We’re fortunate in that we have a great group of guys here who play for each other and train for each other, so it’s been really enjoyable so far.”
In just four games for the men in Red and Green in 2015, Carter made his presence felt primarily by deputising at hooker, but also spending some time in the back-row. In all, the former Titan averaged 20 tackles per match, while also amassing 261 metres with the ball in hand.
For the Wyong Kangaroos product though, it’s all about successfully fitting into the team’s structures.
“I’m comfy playing wherever Madge needs me,” said Carter.
“Every team is different, and everyone has to work to play their role and fit into those systems for the team.
“I was lucky enough to play some hooker and some edge, back-row as well this year, so I’m working to make one of those spots my own.”