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Clinton ready for the Dragons

Joel Clinton admits that last Saturday's defeat at the hands of the Bradford Bulls was hard to take and that he and his team-mates will be looking to banish the memory of it when they travel to Catalans this weekend.
Clinton ready for the Dragons
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Joel Clinton admits that last Saturday's defeat at the hands of the Bradford Bulls was hard to take and that he and his team-mates will be looking to banish the memory of it when they travel to Catalans this weekend.

The encounter with the Bulls was one that got away and the big Aussie says that lessons have been learned from it.

"We've done our homework this week, had a good look at the video and have had a rap across the knuckles, which we deserved," he said. "But we've got a big game this weekend and are trying to move on from last Saturday.

"You have to look back on the game you've just played as you need to do your homework from it. It wasn't a proud moment in my career, and I'm sure all of the other boys would say the same as it was a bitter pill to swallow.

"But we've got to focus on the Catalans game now and we know it'll be another tough one for us. They're playing really good footy at the moment and they're another side with a big pack, just as Bradford's was, so it's going to be another challenge in the middle for us. I'm looking forward to it though, as it's always good to play in a physical game."

On a personal note, Clinton has enjoyed a solid start to the season which is something he's happy with given that 2011 was largely a year to forget for him.

"Being positive has a lot to do with it and Craig (Sandercock) has been a really big help to me," he continued. "He's helped me throughout the pre-season and has picked me up and fed me full of positive influence.

"It was a daunting time in my career last year - it was probably the toughest I've had in all my time as a professional first grade footballer.

"This year has been good so far though and I'm really happy and enjoying it. It has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride so far and we have had injuries but Craig has made a really valid point in that we can't be using it as an excuse.

"I believe in that as well. If you're good enough to be picked in that 17 man squad then you should be playing first grade and we have to look towards that and try and get on with it week by week."

The Robins have announced their 19 man squad for this weekend's trip to Catalans.

The squad is:

Shannon McDonnell
Craig Hall
Jordan Cox
Joel Clinton
Lincoln Withers
Keal Carlile
Liam Salter
Scott Wheeldon
Scott Taylor
Rhys Lovegrove
Josh Hodgson
Mickey Paea
Graeme Horne
Scott Murrell
Michael Dobson
Jason Netherton
Con Mika
Kris Welham
Sam Latus




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