Although Wests Tigers haven’t had an ideal start to the year, new recruit Daine Laurie has been a shining light in the opening two games of the 2021 season.
The talented fullback ran for 180 metres and recorded nine tackle-breaks in the side’s loss to the Sydney Roosters in Round 2 — and while Laurie is happy with his start to the year — he’d trade all individual accolades for a win.
“I don’t really care if I got a Dally M point … I’d prefer the team to be winning,” Laurie said.
“I just want to put in a good performance for my team and for myself.
“I’m just doing my job for my team. I’ve been given this opportunity to play first grade and I want to stay here. I want to own that fullback spot.”
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Although Laurie admitted he and his teammates need improvement, he said it’s not panic stations as they prepare for their Round 3 clash against the Newcastle Knights.
“It’s only the start to the year and obviously we want results, but we’re still working on things to bring our game to where it should be,” he said.
“We need to fix up the little things at training.
“Defence is something we need to improve on because we weren’t good at it on the weekend.”