Tyrrell flies under the radar towards GF glory
Each and every week unassuming South Sydney prop Dave Tyrrell can be found sitting on a railing just outside of Rabbitoh HQ waiting to be interviewed by the media.
Refusing to move until each and every one of his allocated teammates have finished their duties, the man has fronted up to the TV cameras more than once and quizzed journalists with "surely you have ran out of questions?"
Don't get Tyrrell wrong, it isn't because he hates them. He'd just rather not do it.
"I actually really hate being in the spotlight," Tyrrell tells NRL.com, confirming what we already knew.
Although the obligation came calling once again with the Rabbitohs qualifying for the grand final this weekend against the Bulldogs, he'd rather let his higher profile teammates do the talking.
While everyone is talking about the Battle of Britain between James Graham and Sam Burgess, and with other big names in Sutton, Inglis and Tuqiri talking the talk, Tyrrell is happy to stay out of the limelight.
"Look, I just prefer to just go about my own business and let those other guys just do what they do while I'll sit behind," Tyrrell explains.
In fact it is Tyrrell's ability of flying under the radar that has made him such a valuable asset to the Rabbitohs' premiership campaign. The only Souths player to participate in every game this season, Tyrrell's averaged 61.5 metres and 21.5 tackles per game, with a 96.4 per cent tackle efficiency to boot, highlights his importance to the team.
"I just try to get out there and do my job for the team really. I'm out there to do my best and do what Madge asks of me to get the best out of myself," Tyrrell said.
"Madge has instilled his trust in me and it is really overwhelming to even be in the team. You look up and see this team and realise how great they are as players and I'm just really happy to be a part of it all."
The Easts Tigers junior was picked up by the Rabbitohs' in 2007. A former centre transformed into a front-rower, Tyrrell never imagined he would ever get a crack at first grade.
Now, just 80 minutes separate him and his teammates from premiership glory.
"I never thought I'd get the chance to play NRL personally and now I'm here in this team in the grand final, it is something special," Tyrrell said.
"It will mean the world [if we win]. I can't describe my feelings really – it is pretty tough to do so – but all the hard work and everything we have put into the year will finally come off for us."