By STEVE MASCORD
AUSTRALIA forward Nate Myles admits he has plenty of regrets – and hopes to remind one man he has kept out of tonight’s Test against New Zealand not to make the same mistakes.
Myles, 27, has had a stellar year despite the mediocre campaign of his club Gold Coast, putting previous off-field controversies behind him and clinching the State Of Origin man of the series.
He had previously not won even a man of the match award since he was a child.
“You can look back and think ‘shit, I could have done a little bit more. I could have done more there, I could have done more here, prioritised a lot better’,” Myles told the Herald in the lead-up to the Dairy Farmers Stadium international.
“I definitely could have done all those things in my time at other clubs.
“It’s just part of a learning process. I’m a pretty stubborn, slow learner I suppose – if that’s they way of breaking it down
“I probably just wasn’t doing what I should have been doing. I got a great opportunity at two good clubs and now I’ve got another opportunty and I don’t want to let that go to waste.
“I look back now and realise I could have done a lot better and I don’t want to be looking back on my time at the Titans and thinking that.”
Next year, he will be joined at Skilled Park by the enigmatic Dave Taylor, the South Sydney giant who has fallen out of favour with selectors since starting for the Australians in the last match against New Zealand, on April 20.
Myles says it is the “responsibility” of Taylor’s new team-mates to make sure his potential does not remain unfulfilled. “I’m really excited for Dave to be coming over,” Myles says.
“I think he’s a fantastic player. Everyone knows the potential he has and I think it’s a bit of a responsibility for the team to get the best out of him. I spoke to him the other day and I think he’s really looking forward to it. (It is) a little bit better, maybe, for him and his family too, to be in that sort of environment.
“And I think it’s going to be exciting for us to have him there. It’s a little bit nerve-racking, the amount of back rowers and front rowers we’ve got now.
“It will create a competitivelness through the side and that will be beneficial for us.”
Myles concedes that if he had done more work, he’d have played more than just three Tests. “I wouldn’t say for sure but I probably think so,” he theorised.
“It’s in my own thought process. We’ve had some rough times (at other clubs) before in regards to the team and where they’ve finished and stuff like that but I always found the (Titans) boys were upbeat at training and that helped.
“I was feeding off that. No-one let anything bother them. They just went there and they enjoyed themselves and they trained hard and that’s what I enjoyed.”
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