"My goal is to debut in 2020 - that's why you train, that's why you play."
Albion Park-Oak Flats product Adam Clune has one clear goal after being elevated to the St George Illawarra Dragons' NRL development player squad.
The Dragons confirmed on Wednesday that Clune - as well as locals Shaun Sauni-Esau and Max and Mat Feagai - would be part of the 2020 squad.
Jayden Sullivan and Hayden Lomax were already selected.
Clune trained part-time with the club in 2019 as he juggled work and university commitments.
The 24-year-old, who plays in the halves, is an understudy to Corey Norman and Bent Hunt.
"Being full time, it increases your chances [of playing in the NRL].
"My focus is just on training well, building relationships with my teammates and the coaching staff, and from there focusing on playing good footy week in, week out," Clune said.
"I primarily play six or seven. If there's an opportunity that comes up in the halves, I'll be looking to take it.
"You want to play in the top level so the focus is to come here, get fitter, faster and stronger, improve each day and learn from experienced people like Corey Norman and Ben Hunt, and the [club's] good coaching staff."
Clune said his elevation to the development player squad had been well supported by friends and family.
"I'm very lucky to have a great support network," the Group Seven junior said.
"Sometimes it's a little bit embarrassing but I've very grateful to have that support.
"Like many players here, it motivates you and helps you train better."