Lafai aims to build on 2017 form

27 December 2017 21:29:31 GMTPlus11
Tim Lafai is aiming for more consistency in 2018 as he bids to take over as St George Illawarra's primary strike weapon.

Josh Dugan's move to the Sharks means the Dragons need someone to step up and fill his role, and Lafai is ready to be that man.

After an indifference first season at the club in 2016 he played 23 games this year and scored seven tries as well as claiming nine try assists.

I can't just be happy with last year's results I have just got to build on that and achieve more in the new year.

Tim Lafai

The Samoa international is now looking to build on that form for Paul McGregor's side.

"Dugan is a big loss for us but we have got a lot of talent and we have got a lot of good backs out there competing for positions, including myself. Last year is done so I have got to earn that spot again," he said.

"Mary [McGregor] has spoken about what he wants from me and I have got to build on last year. I can't just be happy with last year's results I have just got to build on that and achieve more in the new year.

"You have got to have the right mindset, the consistency and just be mentally tough. That is what the great players do and it is why they are so good. My goal for next season is to be more consistent and cut out the unforced errors."

Lafai expects there to be a big battle for backline spots next year following the emergence of Matt Dufty, Jai Field and Zac Lomax.

Centre Euan Aitken will return from shoulder surgery and skipper Gareth Widdop and star recruit Ben Hunt are the obvious halves pairing.

Lafai said the Dragons had a really young squad which was good for the future, and all the players had been training well so far.

St George Illawarra are 5001.00 to win the 2018 grand final.

The Dragons are 1.001 to finish in the top eight.

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