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King is gone and Mitch is ready to reign

Going the distance: St George Illawarra hooker Mitch Rein.

Going the distance: St George Illawarra hooker Mitch Rein. Photo: Orlando Chiodo

Cameron King might have departed, but there are no guarantees St George Illawarra hooker Mitch Rein will become a regular 80-minute player as a result.

"Cameron's moved on, but there are still a couple of young guys coming through – Craig Garvey's a good player, and I'm sure when he's called upon, he'll be ready to go," Rein said.

"It's good to have a bit of competition; it really helps you push yourself along.

"Whatever the coach wants to do, I'm there to do it."

An injury to King, in the 2011 World Club Challenge, allowed Rein to make his NRL debut in round one that year. Now King's move to North Queensland has given his fellow rake another opportunity to play for 80 minutes. It's an opportunity he will relish.

"I think I played five or six 80-minute games last season," Rein said. "I enjoyed them. But there were other games where I'd play 40 to 50 to 60 [minutes]. Every week was different."

He hopes to play more next year.

"I enjoy it a bit more," he said. "You settle in a bit more and get a better feel of the game. You're not really trying to do too much in a short period of time.

"Although it might be a bit more physically demanding week in, week out, if that's what the coaching staff want of me, I'm prepared to do it. We'll see how my fitness is."

Approaching the new year, Rein said the Dragons were determined to lift themselves well above their 14th-place finish this year.

"It was hard [last season]," Rein said. "We were missing a lot of key personnel throughout the year through injuries, but we can't really blame it on that.

"It was a different year, a bit challenging, because we had a couple of senior players moving on and retiring, but I think everyone will be better for it next year.

"There's a lot of healthy competition in the team now. It's only going to make everyone perform better at training, and therefore perform better in the games.

"Everyone's really pumped for this season to come around. We were a bit disappointed with last year, and we just want to get out there and prove that we're still a strong side, and a force in the competition. We've got the roster to do it."


  • Unfortunately the Dragons don't have the roster to threaten too many teams. Rein is part of the problem and doesn't seem to have much creativity in attack.

    Date and time
    December 23, 2013, 6:23AM
    • That might have been the case in 2013. In 2014 the dragons will have a strong, fast backline including dugan, brett morris, beale, nightingale and widdop - mostly origin/international rep players. The forwards are lacking a bit but with the changes they've made I don't think they'll be anywhere near the bottom of the ladder next season.

      Date and time
      December 23, 2013, 1:30PM
  • 2014 is the year of the Coach @ Dragons. Playing roster is far stronger than last year, and being backed up with quality reserve/sub players in the halves & fullback should take care of any more unforseen/unexpected season-ending injuries.
    Break a leg, boys!

    Mt Colah
    Date and time
    December 23, 2013, 8:42PM
    • St George will be amongst the also rans this year........,you only have to look at the coaching statistics of coach under achieving ratio.

      other coaches with appalling coaching statistics(ie under 50%) include:
      Ricky Stuart......20%,since 2009
      Mick Potter......29.2%.......2013
      Brad Arthur.....33%...while he was interim coach at Parramatta..
      Matt Elliott.........44% at the Warriors
      Ivan Cleary.........39.3% at Penrith
      John Cartwright.......45%....Titans
      Anthony Griffen......47% Brisbane

      The above coaches statistically will never lead their charges to a Premiership.......the facts don't lie..
      Club Boards are oblivious to the fact that poorly performing coaches continue to be poorly performing coaches year after year.....

      Should you be having a bet on the winner of the comp in 2014 you can safely eliminate....Brisbane,Saints,Cronulla,Gold Coast,Tigers,Parramatta,Warriors,Canberra.

      eliminating half the field,with confidence improves your chances big time

      Little Tom
      In the House near water
      Date and time
      December 24, 2013, 7:46AM
      • The Dragons are going to regret letting King go.
        They also lack big boppers which are in plauge proportions (Kasiano, Pritchard, Rose, Waerra Hargraves etc) with other teams whose coaches now how to work within
        the current dopy interchange rules. I give Price to ANZAC day and then he will be gooooooone.

        Tony Trudgett
        Date and time
        December 24, 2013, 9:51AM
        • Is supercoach Price is punted early in the season, in the second half of the season they should start getting better and be strong in 2015. Specially given they will probably only have Dugan and Morris involved in Origin.

          Date and time
          December 24, 2013, 12:40PM
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