Rabbitohs centre, Hymel Hunt, may be new to the Club, but the Charity Shield is not new to him.
As a budding young footballer, Hunt recalls the importance placed on the Charity Shield as the unofficial opener to the NRL season.
“I’ve watched the Charity Shield every year since I was young ,” said Hunt.
“I remember it was always great to start watching the football so early in the year, and now I could potentially be a part of it.”
Hunt’s excitement is mirrored by his Rabbitohs teammates, who have been particularly buoyant at training this week in preparation for the traditional clash.
“Everyone’s just so excited at the moment – even in training,” said Hunt.
“Everyone’s bouncing up and down and really enjoying their time at the moment – it’s all part of coming into this time of year. Everyone just wants to get out and play football.
“We’ve been putting the work in since October, so we’re all looking forward to seeing who is going to be in the team.
“Crossing that white line at ANZ (Stadium) will be amazing.”
The Dragons have named a strong line-up to contest the traditional clash, with the likes of Benji Marshall, Ben Creagh and Jack de Belin all named to play.
“We’re obviously expecting a good challenge this weekend,” said Hunt of the match.
“If Madge gives me the opportunity to play, I’ll be looking to get out there with a healthy mind and a strong mental attitude so I can do my part for the team.
“The Charity Shield has always been a big game and we’re obviously looking to put our best foot forward to get the win.”