BUSTING A GUT: Former Hervey Bay Seagulls representative Nick Emmett (left) in action for the St George Illawarra Dragons against Canterbury. Emmett cannot wait to put last year’s injuries behind him and play a major role for the former premiers this year.
BUSTING A GUT: Former Hervey Bay Seagulls representative Nick Emmett (left) in action for the St George Illawarra Dragons against Canterbury. Emmett cannot wait to put last year’s injuries behind him and play a major role for the former premiers this year. Mark Nolan

Nick's fired up for big year

NICK Emmett has only played 41 games in the National Rugby League competition since making his debut for the Brisbane Broncos in 2006.

Injuries haven't been kind to the 29-year-old former Hervey Bay Seagulls representative.

Even after he left the Broncos, a club where he played 17 games, and headed south to join the St George Illawarra Dragons in 2009, injuries continued to plague him.

He's played just 24 games for the Dragons and last season didn't help - it was a nightmare for the centre come second-rower.

After helping the Dragons beat South Sydney in the pre-season Charity Shield, Emmett was hoping to get a long run in the team when he travelled to England for the World Club Challenge against Super League champions Wigan.

The trip wasn't a happy one and a neck injury ruled Emmett out of the big showdown just days after arriving in England.

Sitting in the stand watching his teammates was a role Emmett had to endure for the rest of the season after another injury in his second comeback game in reserve grade.

Despite his lack of game time and his injury-ravaged season, the Dragons kept faith with Emmett and signed him to a new one-year deal for 2012.

Now he's keen to repay that faith.

The Dragons are working hard in pre-season training under the guidance of new head coach Steve Price and Emmett said he was loving every minute of it.

"Mate, it's been tough but having said that, it's the best part of the year - getting fit and ready for the season," Emmett, who has scored three tries in his career to date, said.

"The body feels real great and I am busting a gut to play a full season.

"You could say that I had a season to forget last year.

"It wasn't a great experience and it's one I can tell you that I don't want to repeat.

"Besides, I'm looking forward to being one of the more experienced and older blokes on the team and hope to pass on what-ever experience I have on to the newer players.

"I want to play a role on the field and not off it."



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