St George-Illawarra fullback, Clint Greenshields talking with a group of children from John Paul College last week. Greenshield
St George-Illawarra fullback, Clint Greenshields talking with a group of children from John Paul College last week. Greenshield

Clint loves coming home

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

IF St George/Illawarra fullback Clint Greenshields is given any time away from the rigours of top flight football, it's a fair bet that the Sawtell junior will return home every chance he gets.

This has proven true this week as Greenshields and his Dragon's teammates have been given a week off before the NRL semi's start while the club enjoys the bye week.

"It's the best, I love coming back here, this is the best place in the world," a relaxed Greenshields said.

"It's good to get back with your family.

"My sister's got a couple of young kids and my little nephew keeps me grounded."

Greenshields was talking to students at John Paul College yesterday as a favour to Tony Abbots who was coach of the 23 year-old when he made his first grade debut for Sawtell.

Talking to the young people in the area this week has blown Greenshields away and reinforced just how stellar his 2005 season has been personally.

"The last couple of days I've spoken to a few kids including ones who've stopped me in the street and said 'hello'.

"It makes you realise what you've done this year."

The bye week has been known to interupt the momentum of football teams on a roll but for Greenshields, the bye couldn't have come at a better time.

"Personally it has come at a great time, my body has had it," the Dragon admitted.

"It's good to get a week off just before the semi's.

"Everyone can rejuvenate because it takes a lot out of you mentally and physically."

Sitting third on the table with six straight victories, the St George team is flying with a lot of punters leaning towards the Dragons for premiership glory in 2005 and their fullback agrees that his team are in with a real shot at the title.

"We've got a really good chance to do something with the team we've got," he said.

"We get Matt Cooper coming back next week and Trent (Barrett) is leading us around the park unbelievably.

"So it's going to be a really exciting finals series."

The coach though isn't letting the team get too far ahead of themselves and Nathan Brown is making sure the Kogarah boys don't get too far ahead of themselves.

"'Browny' said to us keep it under raps because all the media are going to be coming up to us and say you've got the team to win the comp," Greenshields said.

"We all know that and we all believe in ourselves but if we don't take every week as it comes then we'll get nipped in the bud and it's going to cost us in the semi's if we get too over confident."

As a former Panther, Greenshields was looking forward to watching his childhood club in this weekend's do or die Minor Semi Final against Woolgoolga but the geography of the finals draw has worked against him.

"I really wanted to watch them this week, I thought it was at Sawtell," the fullback said.

"I would've loved to have got on the hill and yelled some abuse.

"I would've loved to have watched them but it was at Port and I was flying back Sunday."



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