Vaughan eyeing rugby league's next level
Next Game: The Season has finished
19 Jan 2018
St George Illawarra prop Paul Vaughan says his stellar 2017 NRL season will mean nothing if he doesn't take his game to the next level in 2018.
Paul Vaughan isn't resting on his laurels.
The St George Illawarra prop enjoyed a breakout 2017, being mentioned in dispatches as a future NSW Origin representative and enjoying a World Cup campaign with Italy.
But he says that won't mean anything if he want go to another level in 2018 and is champing at the bit to form a new Red V front row partnership with James Graham.
"That year that I had last year was probably the best year that I've had in my career," Vaughan said.
"Each year I'm trying to get better. I don't want to plateau after that year. I want to get better, I want to improve each year that I play first grade.
"I've played over 100 games now so I've got to pull my finger out and go to that next level or I won't be happy with myself."
After finding himself unwanted at Canberra, he took up an opportunity at the Dragons and proved himself one of rugby league's premier forwards.
He averaged 137 metres per match in 2017, the fourth most in the competition by a prop.
Now, he's eyeing that next peak of a maiden Blues jersey and has shadowed Graham during the off-season, hoping the fiery Englishman's enthusiasm and work ethic will rub off on him.
While Vaughan admitted to having some problems understanding his teammate, he described Graham as setting the gold standard on the training paddock and was looking to follow his lead.
"Everything he does is 100 per cent," Vaughan said.
"If we're out there training and the ball goes dead, he's sprinting back to the 20 to get ready for the next set which is something you don't really see that often.
"I'm really eager to learn off him and to build my game and we complement each other pretty well. If we can get the sets off to a good start, it's going to be good for the both of us and the team as well."
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Last Game: The Dragons lost against the Penrith Panthers 26 - 30 at Penrith Stadium, Australia (5371 days ago)
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1999 NRL Country Carnival, 1999 NRL Season, 1999 NRL Finals, 2000 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Pre-Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Finals, 2002 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Finals, 2003 NRL Season,
| Leagues the St George Illawarra are in|
Brent Kite, Craig Stapleton, Gary Mcbride, Jason Hooper, Jason Ryles, Lance Thompson, Lee Hookey, Luke Bailey, Luke Felsch, Mark Gasnier, Mark Riddell, Matt Cooper, Nathan Blacklock, Nathan Tutt, Reece Simmonds, Shane Millard, Shaun Timmins, Trent Barrett, Willie Peters,
Amos Roberts, Andrew Bobbin, Andrew Hart, Chris Leikvoll, Colin Ward, Craig Smith, Darren Treacy, Jamie Ainscough, Jamie Fitzgerald, Justin Smith, Kieran Kerr, Paul McGregor, Wade Forrester, Wayne Bartrim,
Anthony Mundine, Corey Pearson, Daniel Heckenberg, Lee Murphy, Luke Branighan, Luke Patten, Nathan Brown, Robbie Simpson, Terry Lamey,
Brad Mackay, Craig Fitzgibbon, Mark Coyne, Rod Wishart,
Sunday, 11 May, 2003
St George 26
Sunday, 4 May, 2003
St George 28|
Friday, 25 Apr, 2003
St George 24|
Sydney City 20
Saturday, 19 Apr, 2003
St George 24|
Sunday, 13 Apr, 2003
St George 12
Saturday, 29 Mar, 2003
St George 14
Sunday, 23 Mar, 2003
St George 30|
Saturday, 15 Mar, 2003
Wests Tigers 24|
St George 20
Saturday, 21 Sep, 2002
St George 24
Saturday, 14 Sep, 2002
St George 26|