Gerard Beale ready to play anywhere for Dragons

DRAGONS outside back Gerard Beale says he has fully recovered from a frustrating knee injury, and is ready to play anywhere next year.

That is despite the fact he was recruited to play fullback in 2013.

That won't happen next year unless star custodian Josh Dugan goes down injured.

But that does not worry the New Zealand international.

Beale said he will happily play in the centres, despite the fact South Sydney recruit Dylan Farrell and Knights pick Peter Mata'utia, as well as the fast-developing Charly Runciman, will all be eager to play there.

"I could easily play in the centres, but obviously I just want to play good football and everything else will take care of itself," Beale said.

The 23-year-old former Broncos star, who played just five matches last season before having to sit out the remaining fixtures with a ruptured anterior cruciate, had his spot taken by Dugan.

Dugan made every post a winner since being offered a lifeline by the Dragons, after off-field discipline led to his sacking at the Raiders.

But Beale is just happy to be back in full stride at pre-season training, and credited halves prospect Kyle Stanley for helping in his rehabilitation.

Stanley also suffered a long-term knee setback last season.

"I feel really good. I've been pretty lucky though, that me and Kyle have both been able to train together and push each other through last season," Beale said.

"That was quite frustrating watching the boys and not being able to do anything.

"But now we are with the team there's no injuries at the moment. Everyone's training together and putting in the hard yards."

Beale threw his support behind under-siege head coach Steve Price.

The available Kangaroos mentor Tim Sheens has already been rumoured to take Price's job next year if the Dragons suffer another lacklustre season.

"The coaching staff has done really well with finding areas where we were behind the eight ball," Beale said.

"It's been like a new vibe, and I know all the players are keen and enthusiastic. We're just getting hungry to play."

Meanwhile, Dugan has added nearly five more kilograms to his frame, and now tips the scales at 101.5kg.

The New South Wales fullback loves the big collisions and said his heavier frame can give him more of a physical edge over his opponents next year.


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