Raiders winger Jordan Rapana knows he might have to rein in his natural attacking flair if he’s to help his side climb back into the finals hunt in 2018.
Last season the 28-year-old starred for the club once again, showing why he is one of the game’s best finishers with a club-high 21 tries to rank third in the Telstra Premiership.
Rapana was also fifth overall in the competition for metres gained among right wingers with 3414.
It is his desire to play what is front of him which has led him to being one of the most prolific wingers in the game, having also recorded 161 tackle breaks and 24 line breaks in 2017.
However his poor ball control record – he made 35 errors last season – is something the New Zealand representative is hell bent on fixing this year.
“I think it’s the attack that me and Joey (Leilua) play, we led the comp in errors, but we also chance our hand more than other centres and wingers,” Rapana told NRL.com.
“But it’s something we have talked about and we know there are times when we should have held onto a pass because it didn’t need to be thrown.
“The year before they probably stuck a lot more than they should have but it’s something
“I was pretty happy with how played last year, but there’s still a lot of areas I can improve on and clean up in my game.”
Fresh off being named the 2017 Dally M Winger of the Year, Rapana knows this season is the time for the Raiders to strike on the back of their squad continuity.
“I think it’s a massive positive that we have got the same side back, except for one or two signings,” he said.
“I’m confident we can do something special this year. We want to be playing finals footy and to be in that top four would be awesome.
“But we know we’re going to have to work for it and it’s not going to come easy because every team has recruited well.”