St George Illawarra forward Blake Lawrie is looking forward to producing the best year of his young career, beginning against the Cowboys on Saturday night.
Entering his third season of first grade and with 15 career NRL games to his name, the Dapto junior is determined to play in every match for the Dragons in 2019.
"I'm looking to lock down a top 17 spot," Lawrie said. "I want to play every game this year, that's one of my goals."
Lawrie reocgnises, however, that his performance on the field must warrant regular selection if he is to achieve that goal, especially with Korbin Sims set to return from suspension in round three and Josh Kerr pushing for selection.
"I've got to perform to earn those minutes. I'm going out there with a positive attitude to try and get some more minutes under my belt, get the trust of the head coach to leave me out there for extended minutes.
"I've worked hard over the pre-season and I'm confident in my fitness ability to try and play those longer minutes."
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