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While the Round 16 match against the St George Illawarra Dragons will carry significance for everyone involved because of the Alex McKinnon Cup, for Jeremy Smith it will be especially noteworthy.

Earlier in his career he spent two years at the Red V, winning two minor premierships as well as a major premiership.

While Smith has three former clubs, he says that he enjoys playing against all of them.

“Everyone likes playing against their old club. I’ve got three old clubs I like playing against, so it’s probably no different for me,” he explained on Monday.

“If you win I suppose you can puff your chest out a bit more, but it’s another game of footy for us this week and we’re looking forward to it.”

The Dragons have had mixed fortunes so far this season, but still sit in eighth place thanks to one of the more miserly defences in the competition.

“They don’t let many points in,” Smith said.

“But they don’t score many either, so I think if we can get our game right that will go a long way towards beating them.”

The return of several experienced players is being anticipated as well, with Pete Mata’utia looking likely to face off against his old club as well.

“We’ve got a few more outside backs available this week, so Browny’s going to have a tough selection on his hands,” Smith said.

“But that’s a good headache to have I suppose.

“We’re just trying to improve week in and week out. Eventually, it will turn.”