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Garner determined to lock down starting spot

After a breakout 2019 season and a strong pre-season campaign under his belt, Wests Tigers forward Luke Garner is determined to lock down a starting spot in an ever-improving forward pack.

And while a new-look right edge with new recruits Joey and Luciano Leilua have taken up most of the headlines this pre-season, Garner believes that the left edge is equally as lethal — especially with the arrival of Adam Doueihi.

“We’ve done enough work to make a strong team,” Garner enthused.

“Each edge and the middle are all really strong, I think. I really think we’ve got a strong team this year.

"Just to hold that starting spot is my goal for the year.

"Obviously everyone’s goal at some point is to play representative footy, so whether that’s this year or not, that’s definitely a goal. But it's just about this year for me and doing my job for this team."

“I think the trials have been about building combinations. We’ve done the work, we’ve done the fitness, we’ve done the ball-work up until this point so now it’s just about strengthening those combinations going into the season."

Garner's Wests Tigers kick off their 2020 season this Sunday at 6:15pm AEDT at WIN Stadium, Wollongong when they take on the St. George-Illawarra Dragons.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Zac Lomax
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Corey Thompson
  • Winger for Dragons is number 2 Jordan Pereira
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Dragons is number 3 Brayden Wiliame
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph Leilua
  • Centre for Dragons is number 4 Timoteo Lafai
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Adam Doueihi
  • Winger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele Ravalawa
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Robert Jennings
  • Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
  • Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 15 Josh Reynolds

Forwards

  • Prop for Dragons is number 8 James Graham
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
  • Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Issac Luke
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Billy Walters
  • Prop for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Tyson Frizell
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Dragons is number 13 Blake Lawrie
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Elijah Taylor

Interchange

  • Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Trent Merrin
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Thomas Mikaele
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Tyrell Fuimaono
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Zane Musgrove
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Billy Brittain
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Chris Lawrence
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 21 Josh Kerr
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Michael Chee-Kam