George RoseMelbourne may be his former club, but Dragons big man George Rose admits he has little to offer his new teammates in the way of inside knowledge ahead of their round-one clash on Monday night.
Rose managed just nine games for the Storm last year after winning a premiership and player-of-the-year gong in an eight-year career with Manly.
He hasn’t had to wait long for a crack at his former club after earning a starting berth for the season opener. He’ll be one of three former Storm players lining up for the Dragons alongside Gareth Widdop and Dane Nielsen.
For many years coaches have wondered how to stop the big three of Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater but Rose – famously self-deprecating – said he had little to offer new coach Paul McGregor.
‘‘I was a bit ordinary there last year and didn’t know half the plays anyway,’’ Rose joked.
Jokes aside, Rose admits last season was not his best and he’s entering 2015 with a point to prove; though he has no grudge against the Storm.
‘‘Going against your old teams it’s always a little bit of an extra motivator,’’ he said. ‘‘But I’ve really put last year behind me and I’m more focused on the season ahead.
‘‘I’m just thinking about what we’re doing as a group and winning games with this team rather than holding any grudges or anything like that.’’
Rose will enter the season high on confidence after picking up the highest individual honour of his career when he was named man of the match in the Indigenous All Stars’ 20-6 win over their NRL counterparts.
‘‘It was definitely one of the best moments of my career,’’ Rose said.
‘‘I don’t think I’ve had too many man-of-the-match awards in my career and to get one one in that arena, in that game, obviously means a lot to me.’’
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