Penrith recruit Mitch Rein has unloaded on the "boring" attack of former NRL club St George Illawarra, saying he can't wait to join the exciting brand of football at the Panthers.
Rein started last week at the foot of the mountains after signing a two-year deal late last month, but didn't hold back when discussing his "tough year" in Wollongong.
The 26-year-old admitted the Dragons played a boring style of football last year and revealed a number of ex-teammates had been left just as frustrated as him.
"There were some tough times there, if I'm being honest, at the Dragons. A lot of the boys were feeling that as well," Rein said on Tuesday after training.
"Growing up as a local junior down there at the Dragons and then coming out west - I'd only been here six times just to play and that's it.
"It's a massive change and to get outside your comfort zone is something I'm looking forward to and, hopefully, it can get the best out of me."
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Rein, who reportedly asked for more than the $350,000 the Dragons tabled to him last season, said there was an attacking element to his game that hadn't been on show in the Red V.
"Over the years, the Dragons have played so many different types of footy," he said.
"Last year wasn't very enjoyable, attacking-wise. I know it's pretty well documented that it's pretty boring - just wasn't working out very well down there.
"Coming here to an attacking side is going to be awesome."
He admits he was left jealous of Penrith's ascension as a free-flowing powerhouse who fell two games short of a fairytale 2016 grand final.
They are expected to be a top-four contender next year.
"I remember texting one of my mates, watching them play in the semi-final and going, 'How good are they? - this is awesome'," he said.
"And then to find out I'm going to be a part of that next year, I'm really looking forward to it."
The hooker is likely to start the 2017 season behind reborn No.9 Peter Wallace, but is still confident of improving after watching a resurgence in former teammate Trent Merrin.
The Kangaroos' forward is allowing Rein to stay in his house as the former NSW Country Origin representative settles in at Penrith.
"Even talking to him throughout the year ever since he came here, how happy he is, gave me a lot of confidence. It's good to see him going really well," Rein said.
"To see him turn around and be enjoying his footy so much gives me a lot of confidence that hopefully I can do the same thing and improve like he has."
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