Forward Kade Snowden believes Saturday’s trial match against the Canberra Raiders in Orange will be a valuable experience for the Club’s young players ahead of the official start to season 2016.
“The boys are really keen for this weekend,” he said on Wednesday.
“Especially the younger fellas, for some it’s their first trip away.
“If we can take out what we’ve been training like to the game, we’ll go really good."
The 29-year-old has embraced a greater leadership role during the pre-season, which has seen him offer guidance and support to the Club’s younger players.
“I get to impart a bit of knowledge to the younger blokes and just be the leader for the forwards,” he said.
“I’ll lead by my actions and will just have a word with the younger fellas and hopefully they’ll follow."
After being named Players' Player in 2015, Snowden’s aim for the 2016 season is to continue to deliver consistent performances week in, week out.
“I’ll be trying my hardest and really hope I can play well for the fans,” he said.
Meanwhile Snowden spoke about a heart scare he managed earlier in the pre-season.
Snowden had multiple reviews with a cardiac specialist with subsequent testing that eventuated in normal results. The condition was diagnosed as a virus and he had no issues since.
“I had a bit of a heart problem, but it’s all better now,” he said.
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