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Utility back Nathan Ross was typically enthusiastic as the team prepared to travel up to Townsville on Thursday morning.

"Townsville is a tough trip but we want to put in another good performance like we did against Parramatta," he said in a press conference.

"Footy is a pretty simple sport, you've just got to run harder than they can tackle and tackle harder they can run."

Ross has played his last two matches at centre, a position somewhat unfamiliar to the 27-year-old who has spent most of his time at fullback or wing.

He has taken to the position like a duck to water though, earning Players' Player in Round 12 with an impressive 220 metres and nine tackle busts.

"I'm always a confident character, I'm just turning up and doing my job at the moment," he explained.

"I'm enjoying my time in the centres, I'm getting some early ball and getting alot better carries around the ruck.

"I'm just really enjoying what I'm doing at the moment and where I am in life, so it's just off the back of that."

In the last two games Ross has partnered up with 18-year-old Cory Denniss on the left edge and while there's a nine year age gap between the pair, they haven't taken long to gel.

"Cory's a good young talent, and he's a big body to have next to you," Ross enthused.

"When the people around you are lifting their game, it makes you want to lift as well.

"With him and Pauli on my side, it's good."