Stanley's aware he needs to deliver

RUGBY LEAGUE

After putting two years of injury hell behind him, Kyle Stanley knows the time's come to start living up to the hype and it may be away from St George-Illawarra.

The 23-year-old came off the bench for the first five games of this season with his contract up at the end of this season.

"Each week I am getting better and better but I just want to get more minutes off the bench," Stanley said.

"There were some dark, dark times last year, but I have pushed through it.

"Ideally I want a ball-playing role. I've said that from the first day I came into grade. But time will tell with what happens."

Stanley was viewed as the club's long-term five-eighth but is realistic enough to know that door closed after Gareth Widdop's arrival.

"He is a top-quality player but that seven jersey has been shuffled around a bit. If I get that chance I'd take it," he said.

Talks have yet to start over a new deal but Stanley knows he must prove he can get through a full season and may follow older brother Chase out the door.

"I love this club. I'm a local junior and want to stay but who knows what the future holds," he said. AAP

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