Wests Tigers forward Luke Garner says he's keen to get more involved after producing arguably his best performance of the season last weekend against the North Queensland Cowboys.
Recalled to the side in Round 6 having watched from the sidelines the week prior, Garner responded with a strong effort on the right edge outside Josh Reynolds — running for over 100 metres for the first time this year while also adding 25 tackles.
While pleased to be back in the side and playing 80 minutes, the 24-year-old said there was still plenty in his game to be improved on going forward.
"I was happy with how I went on the weekend but I know that I need to do better this weekend," Garner admitted.
"Defensively I still need to be better.
"I missed a few tackles on the weekend so I'll practice that throughout the week at training to really tighten up with my wrestle a bit.
"It's what I've wanted to do all year is put performances together... [so] I need to get a bit more involved in the game too. I need to try and get a bit more ball and have a few more carries.
"I've been talking to Josh about that and it's what we're going to do."
Benji’s spirits remain high despite not playing
Having played the first four games of the year running outside of either Luke Brooks on the left edge or Benji Marshall on the right, Garner said he was enjoying the new challenges and opportunities of playing outside Reynolds — a player whose energy was "infectious" for the playing group every single day, according to Garner.
"Benji and I grew a bit of a combination early but I think Josh and I are really growing one now too," Garner said of the team change.
"We're pretty lucky to have so much depth at this club.
"You always have to be pushing up beside Josh because you don't know what can happen. Something might open up for me and I think all the boys are learning that.
"It's very infectious to see their energy.
It makes me happy and it puts a smile on my face every day, so I definitely look forward to seeing them when I come to training."
Match: Bulldogs v Wests Tigers
Round 7 -
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney