In what would be a double blow to the Dragons in 2012, should Wayne Bennett decide to leave the club and search for greener pastures in 2012, then the Dragons fullback Darius Boyd will follow Bennett wherever he does go.
Boyd, the Clive Churchill Medalist and the Dally M runner-up, has said that he has intentions to follow Bennett wherever he might go, should the master-coach leave the Dragons at the end of the year.
”To be honest, I haven’t thought too much about my contract situation this early, but in saying that, Wayne’s been my coach my whole career and I’d like to stay under him if I could,” the off-contract Boyd revealed.
”He’s the only coach I’ve ever had and it’d be nice to keep it that way if possible – I’ve known him since my last year of school.
With the lingering rumours about Bennett’s departure, Boyd has said that both he and team-mates are not concerned, as their primary focus is on playing footy.
”We haven’t really talked about it too much at training,” Boyd said.
”We’re focused on this season only. I haven’t even thought about it too much myself either, but whatever he decided to do, none of us can really control it, so we’re better off to just let it take its course. Everyone knows how it works these days.”
As Boyd starts his third season with the Dragons, heading into tonight’s Charity Shield clash, Boyd says that despite being the game’s form fullback, he still has much to learn, and he is always learning.
”This is my third year at fullback now and I still feel I’m learning,” he said.
”I want to keep improving and doing my best for the Dragons. Personally, I haven’t been doing any particular work on my body, I’ve spent my time working on my game and support play as a fullback, where I think I can improve.”
Boyd has warned fans not too read too much into their team’s trial form, as the Charity Shield will be the first trial for the Dragons this year, rather than their last.
”I really enjoyed the Charity Shield experience last year but it’ll be a bit different this year because it’s our first trial instead of our last,” he said.
”When it’s the last trial it’s usually your strongest team running into round one but this time most of our squad is playing and we’ll approach it a little bit differently in that everyone will get a bit of game time.
”It’s our first game, so it’ll be pretty exciting to blow the cobwebs out and test a few new things out.
”In saying that, we haven’t played a game since October, so I know everyone is looking forward to making a few runs and putting on some tackles.”
Boyd also ensures that the Charity Shield will be full of action, and great play from both sides.
”It’s always a tough game against the Rabbitohs,” he said. ”They’ve had plenty to get excited about at Souths with their new forward pack and Greg Inglis giving them that extra strike-power out wide.
”We’re pretty much playing everyone who is available to blow the cobwebs out. And that means there are a lot of guys with something to prove.
”Adam Cuthbertson is one player who will be out for a big game on Sunday. He’s very skillful and agile for a second-rower/prop, but he’s also looking pretty good and has trimmed down a fair bit.
”I think he’s determined for a big year. He’s really had his head down since he’s been here.”