SHAUN LANE

Speaking exclusively to Sporting News, Lane credits maturing from a kid to a man as the major reason why he could be knocking down the door of Origin football in 2020 - a challenge he feels he would be ready for.
“I feel I would be ready (for Origin football) for sure," he said.
"I feel that I have mixed it with the best teams and opposition back-rowers, and I have never taken a backwards step.
"All I can focus on is just getting myself on track and performing in club footy. I have found that a lot of the time when that happens, the selectors will come knocking.
“I think I matured quite a lot on and off the field in the past 12-18 months. My mentality changed from that of a kid and a bit immature in how I thought about things to being much more of an adult.
"Applying myself consistently to everything that I did, and my work ethic on and off the field probably was the main factor in why I have continued to improve.
"Hopefully I continue to improve for the next few seasons and for as long as I’m at Parra."
Lane locked down a starting spot in the Eels lineup in 2019 under Brad Arthur, and averaged 110 metres a game and scored five tries.

Despite his strong form in recent times, the 198cm back-rower remains off-contract at the end of the 2020 season but is leaving it up to his management to sort out.
“I haven’t really looked too much into it...I know Parramatta did table an offer, but I will leave that to my management to handle," he said.
"I’m not aware of any interest from other clubs yet, and at the moment I’m just focused on pre-season.
"When the season comes I’ll focus on footy because that’s what I’m paid to do, and my management will sort the rest out for me because that’s what I pay them to do."
The South Eastern Seagulls junior appears the selfless teammate, and that was evident at times in 2019 when he was asked to play in the middle despite predominantly being an edge player.
And that selfessness comes across when he speaks about the team-first goals for 2020 - goals that are quite lofty according to Lane himself.
"We have certain expectations upon ourselves but at the end of the day you have to show up and perform," he said.
"We have those expectations for a reason, because on paper we are a great team and have a lot of depth.
"If you give an extra year to some of the young blokes that came in last season, and an extra year for the team as a whole to gel together, we look quite dangerous.
"There is a bit of expectation upon ourselves but we know how good we are and we are working towards being consistent as we can.
"Being consistent, applying ourselves all the time to the best of our ability and that’s going to be the key difference between us being a top eight team, and potentially a title contender."
The Eels kick-start the 2020 NRL season against the Bulldogs at Bankwest Stadium on March

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  • If he can just hold onto some more of those DBrown shortballs then he would be amazing 

    • Not that I'm into changing the team up but I'd really love to see Matterson on Brown's edge. Could see that as a Cordner and keary combo. Don't think switching lane and Matterson will confuse things much. 

      • I like Matto on the right to ensure we get good early ball to Waqa Blake. I know you could probably say the same thing about Sivo on the left, but the ball seems to find him anyway.

  • If Parra start the year off well, there’s a chance that we may lose up to 3/4 of our spine players to origin.

    Hope Salmon and others are up to it if we are down a few.

  • I like him a lot and think he's the type of player who could have an impact around the line in origin.

    Definitely dont think he'd be out of place.

    • Agree Snake, I reckon Lane would be a  great captain 

       

  • I remember him as a rookie at the Bulldogs and thought this telegraph pole could be anything. He definitely has the skills to match his physic, it’s great to hear he’s now developing the attitude as well.

    Lane, Matto and Nathan Brown should all be looking to give Origin a nudge this year. That’s a great sign of development and recruitment from BA and O’Neil.

  • Effort gets rewards

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