Dole ready to soar for Fal­cons in state league

Sunshine Coast Daily - - SPORT - TOM THREAD­ING­HAM Tom.Thread­ing­[email protected]­

RUGBY LEAGUE: Sun­shine Coast Fal­cons lock Daniel Dole says a rig­or­ous pre-sea­son block with an NRL heavy­weight has him in the best shape of his life head­ing into the new year.

Dole, along with Ni­cho Hynes and Jon Reuben, of­fi­cially joined the Fal­cons for the first time last week fol­low­ing a six-week stint with the Mel­bourne Storm.

The new re­cruit said he had been warmly wel­comed by the play­ing group since his ar­rival at Boka­rina and was rel­ish­ing new lev­els of fit­ness and on­field skills fol­low­ing his time down south.

“It (Storm ex­pe­ri­ence) was real hard and the tough­est pre­sea­son I’ve ever done, but I ex­pected and knew what was com­ing so I just ripped in,” Dole said.

“I think I’m at my peak and prob­a­bly the fittest

I’ve ever been car­dio-wise.

“The amount of run­ning that you do down in Mel­bourne (is tough) and you get flogged so I’m the fittest I’ve ever been for sure.

“I learned heaps as well. Even just lit­tle things when it comes to your pass­ing and other things you wouldn’t think you’d need to im­prove on.”

The 22-year-old, a for­mer Went­worthville Mag­pies tal­ent in the NSW Cup, is ea­ger to get the sea­son un­der way with the Fal­cons and had high hopes for the cam­paign ahead.

“I want to play ev­ery game, and in the 13 jer­sey would be good, and just play good con­sis­tent footy,” he said.

“But, I want to win the comp and want to win a premier­ship as well. I’ve never won a se­nior premier­ship and I’m not here just to muck around.”

He’s only en­joyed a cou­ple of ses­sions with the Fal­cons, but he was buoyed by what he had seen so far.

The Fal­cons will play their first pre-sea­son trial match on Fe­bru­ary 16 against the Ip­swich Jets fol­lowed by a clash with Norths on Fe­bru­ary 23.

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