Darcy Maroske catches up with bulldogs.com.au to discuss the pre-season and his transition into the NRL squad.
Maroske arrived at the Bulldogs in 2014 from Toowoomba where he spent the season with the club’s SG Ball side before finishing in the under 20’s.
The Highfield Eagles junior then spent the following two seasons with the club’s NYC side and was awarded the under 20s' player of the year for the club in 2015, before collecting his first under 20’s Queensland Maroons jersey in 2016.
The 20-year old has now been elevated to the NRL squad, an opportunity he is making the most of.
“I’m just learning off the older boys and getting a few tips,” Maroske said.
Following a disrupted 2016 due to a serious back injury that he saw him spend a period time on the sidelines, Maroske sees the summer as a chance to work on the little things in his game and bulk up.
“I need to put on some weight, because I’m required to be at 105kg and I’ve got 5 to go” Maroske added.
“I want to focus on the one percenters, like your kick chase and when you’re fatigued – being able to keep pushing through those tough times.
“It will be good when the likes of James Graham and David Klemmer get back, so I can mirror their game.”
Darcy joins a host of rookies from the Bulldogs 2016 NYC side who have made the transition into the NRL squad over the summer.
“It’s good to have not been thrown into the deep end with the boys you don’t know,” said Maroske.
“Having a few familiar faces helps, but the boys have been welcoming.”