Experienced St George utility Nathan Fien says the Dragons will be raring to go against Canterbury at Wollongong on Friday.
The joint venture club sit outside the top eight having stumbled to defeats in four of their last five matches.
But with the benefit of a week’s rest, courtesy of a bye in the last round, and the chance to play at home will re-invigorate the squad, according to Fien.
“We’re now going to be back at home in front of our fans in Wollongong,” Fien told the club’s official website.
“We’re refreshed and looking for a big crowd to help us get home.”
The Dragons have drawn criticism from some areas of the media, who have labelled them “boring” for their lack of try-scoring abilities.
And Fien admits the squad, who have scored less points than any other NRL team, need to improve.
“We’ve been winning games with our defence and while things aren’t as polished as we’d like them to be we’re only halfway through the season and have plenty of time to refine areas,” added Fien.
“Ideally we would like to be higher but we’re sitting where we are because of our performances which we need to turn around.
“It’s not where we wanted to be at the start of the year hovering around the fringe of the eight so we’ll have to pick up but we’re not that far off.
“We have a strong talent pool and some great young talent which will help us up the ladder.”