Andrew Dixon – Player Feature

Toronto Wolfpack second row Andrew Dixon has made an impressive start to his return to the Betfred Championship so far.

2018 is Dixon’s 11th season as a professional and his second in Toronto. After five rounds of the season he has played every minute, epitomising what it is to be a consistent performer, scoring two tries and being among Paul Rowley’s best every week.

Despite a strong start to the year, the Wolfpack haven’t had everything their own way; playing in a division which is undoubtedly a step up in class from 2017.

Every week presents a difficult challenge, with any team able to beat anyone on their given day and this was a factor not lost on the St Helens academy graduate as he summed up the start of the season. Dixon said:

“We knew the Championship was going to be difficult. We know every team provide a tough test and playing some of the top end teams at the beginning of the year has been tough.”

Dixon knows what it takes to triumph in this division. Having earned promotion with Leigh Centurions in 2016 and having played at the highest level in Super League, the Wolfpack forward puts big emphasis on working hard every week and focusing on maintaining high individual and team standards in order to succeed. He continued:

“Everyone puts in the hard work in training and we just focus on the performance and trust that results will follow.

“At the end of every year you have a review of yourself and focus on what you can improve on next year and it’s been no different ahead of this year.”

Confident of enjoying more success with the Wolfpack, Dixon is one of the senior figures in what is now an impressive playing roster, littered with NRL and Super League stars, but the importance of this is something that is not taken for granted, knowing only his best will ensure his place in the side. He added:

“We’ve got a big squad but the competition is healthy and everyone is playing towards the same target which helps me work towards my best performance. That’s the kind of culture we have and that’s what attracted me to the club in the first place.

“Bringing in good players is great for competition but if you focus on yourself and your own standards to get better then hopefully you’ll raise your game and play well.”

It is still a number of weeks until the Wolfpack head home to Toronto to play in front of their loyal Canadian supporters once again, but for Dixon it can’t come soon enough after admitting that the opening month of fixtures had been challenging. He concluded:

“We love the fans over there in Toronto. They are brilliant for us and turn out in massive numbers so we’re looking forward to getting back out there and embracing the city once again.”

The performances that Dixon has produced week in week out so far this season have not gone unnoticed; the second rower has been drawing high praise from his teammates and coaches alike. Wolfpack Assistant Coach Simon Finnigan highlighted Dixon’s form as well as his importance to the club’s pursuit of promotion again this year. He stated:

“Dicko has been excellent for us so far. He’s scoring tries but his overall attitude and desire to win matches has been outstanding.

“He rarely has a bad game and at the moment he’s playing on another level where he’s got the bit between his teeth and he’s in form, so long may that continue.”

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