Simon Dwyer determined to prove his worth

The Wests Tigers narrowly missed out on signing former Eel and Dragon Mark Riddell to the Roosters, but there was one young gun that they had no intention of letting go, and that was Simon Dwyer.

The young second-rower re-signed with the Wests Tigers as he feels they’ve always been good to him, and he’s more than content at playing with the Tigers under his new deal which we will see him at the club until 2013.

”They’ve always stuck by me, so I’ll stick by them.”

”I’m really happy,” Dwyer said. ”It gives me a bit of security for the next three years. I was pretty comfortable here, so I was always looking to stay here. They gave me the chance to play first grade, so I’m happy to stay here.”

Dwyer, who had a stellar year in 2010 playing 18 games, and perhaps putting on the hit of the season on Jarad-Warea Hargreaves in the finals, but the young-gun is determined not to fall victim to the dreaded second-year syndrome.

”I don’t want to be known as the one-hit wonder,” Dwyer said. ”I’ve heard that a few times. It was good to get my name out there. I always wanted to make my impact in the NRL, and that was the way that I did it – make people realise that I am a part of the Wests Tigers team. But I’m looking to pick it up, and I reckon I’ll achieve that.”

Whilst Dwyer was still contracted to the Tigers until the end of 2011, the Tigers were quick to sign him up for longer to avoid rival teams sniffing around.

Dwyer is confident that he would only get better and improve with a solid and rare pre-season training stint under his belt as he looks to solidify his spot in the Tigers team.

”I haven’t had one for three or four years,” Dwyer said. ”I’ve had shoulder ‘recos’, hips, knees, glandular fever. I’ve been pretty unlucky.”

Dwyer is also confident that the Tigers have the team to go all the way to the grand final in 2011, and he believes the team can win it.

”We’ve got a pretty good mix, and we’ve got pretty much the same team as last year, so we’ll be looking to go that one step further next year,” Dwyer said. ”I reckon we’ll do it next year. I reckon we’ll go all the way to the grand final. We’re in good hands.”

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