Dragon Adam Quinlan set for next step


As the Dragons welcome a host of new faces to their backline for the upcoming NRL season, 2013 debutant Adam Quinlan is determined not to be forgotten.

The versatile 21-year-old played 10 games in the unfamiliar position of five-eighth in his debut NRL season but with marquee signing Gareth Widdop likely to force him out of the No. 6 jersey, Quinlan was forced to re-evaluate his role in the team.

Quinlan, who signed a two-year contract extension with the Dragons last year, is capable of filling any position in the backline which could make him a handy player for Steve Price in a starting role or from the interchange bench.

Quinlan said he'll happily fill whatever role is required of him.

"I'd like to play anywhere but I know it's going to be really tough," he said.

"We've made a few good buys and there's a lot of good talent in the backs.

"Hopefully I can get a start somewhere."

Far from disillusioned by the new signings the Culburra junior said the likes of Widdop, Dylan Farrell, Sam Williams and Joel Thompson had rejuvenated the club as it looked to put a dismal 2013 season behind them.

"New faces can do a lot," Quinlan said. "It's been really good there's a really positive vibe around the place with the new guys and a bit of a new set-up for training.

"There's a new attitude and everyone's looking to turn it around, forget about last year and get a fresh start.

Versatile backline asset Adam Quinlan at training at WIN Stadium on Monday. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Versatile backline asset Adam Quinlan at training at WIN Stadium on Monday. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

"Everyone's enjoying it and things are looking good for the season."

The Dragons blooded several young players in 2013 as they battled a crippling injury toll with Quinlan called on to shoulder a heavy playmaking load.

Quinlan feels being thrown in the deep end will ultimately help his game as he looks to cement a spot in the top 17.

"I should be better for that. It certainly helps but it was only a handful of games so I'm still fresh in that standard and I've still got a lot to learn," he said.

"I've just got to look to the more experienced guys, try and feed off them and keep working hard."

Quinlan is hopeful that a reunion with former junior clubmate Farrell can happen this season.

"I hope I get the opportunity to play with Dylan Farrell," he said.

"I played with him growing up because we came from the same town [Culburra] and the same junior club so it'd be great if I could play alongside him."


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