Rabbitohs forward not focused on fairytale finish
UK-bound Rabbitohs forward Jason Clark says he is aware now that each game could be his last in the NRL but hasn't allowed himself to dream of finishing with a fairy-tale second premiership ring.
Clark is a local junior who has spent his entire career at Redfern; him being part of the drought-breaking 2014 Telstra Premiership win was one of the real feel-good stories that year.
He will certainly head to Warrington next year having been part of an impressive resurgence at South Sydney following the team missing out on the finals last year to be sitting equal first with three rounds left in the regular season.
But while the club is well-placed for a tilt at another grand final win, Clark said he is not looking that far ahead.
"Each week is treated as my last game because you never know what's going to happen so I am just thankful for each week I get to pull on the jersey and I take it week by week," Clark said.
"It's my last year here, my last couple of games so I've just got to enjoy every game as it comes.
"After each game I like to have a little walk around and wave to the fans and thank them because you never know what's going to happen the following week."
Of more immediate concern for Clark and his teammates is reversing their 24-20 round eight loss to Brisbane when the team faces the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night – and bouncing back from last week's loss to the Roosters in the process.
"I try to drop games [from the memory] pretty quickly because once it's in the past there is not much you can do about it but it is in the bank that they go us last time," Clark said of Brisbane.
"It's a game up in Brisbane, Suncorp, I actually really like the stadium, its great stadium to play at. They're right on top of you, they're loud, it's normally a great atmosphere.
"It's my last year here so I'm enjoying every game no matter where it is and who it's against its one for me to remember."
Halfback Adam Reynolds hadn't forgotten the last meeting with Brisbane.
"They're always tough to beat up at Suncorp and they got us last time down here in Sydney so we owe them one," Reynolds said.
"We've got to go up there with a good attitude otherwise they knock us off again."
Prop George Burgess, who is enjoying a much-improved season following two years hampered by injury, said the team could draw confidence from the way they stuck to the task against the Roosters despite an already injury-hit backline losing fullback Alex Johnston to a hamstring strain right at the start of the contest.
"[Brisbane] just pipped us early in the year which was disappointing, that was one of our bad losses really, really a game we should have won so we will be looking to get them back this time," he said.
"We haven't had to many losses but the ones we have had have been pretty close so we don't want to let them beat us again."
Burgess will be a key man in the Souths pack as they look to contain the likes of Matt Lodge, Korbin Sims and Tevita Pangai jnr.
"Their forwards have been going great this year, especially the last few weeks they have been putting on some good plays there in the middle," Burgess said.
"I think their front row has scored four tries between them so a bit of work to do there to stop them boys but should be a good challenge up front.
"The forward battles have been great this year in the NRL and we've been trying to keep up there at the top but the Roosters were pretty good on Friday night and the Broncos are another big challenge.
"They have a great forward pack, they've got a lot of strike there in the middle with Lodge and Sims, they've got a really strong bench. Our whole forward pack is going to have to do a really good job to contain them."