By Les Muir

KANGAROOS halfback Dylan McLachlan has had a tough initiation to the rigors of the Group Nine premiership.

Fresh from studying at Scots College in Sydney, the talented 19-year-old was thrust into the key role for the Wagga team under first-season captain-coach Ben Jeffery.

With Roos searching for redemption after a disastrous 2016 season, McLachlan has been under intense pressure and scrutiny.

But working alongside Jeffery in the halves, McLachlan has been a revelation – and shown abundant ability and maturity beyond his years.

Now with Roos facing an Everest-like task to make the finals, McLachlan is ready to conquer even greater challenges.

“So far it’s been enjoyable but it’s also been pretty tough,” McLachlan said on Thursday.

“(We’ll) Just play week to week and see how we go.”

Excited to playing Southcity in an Indigenous-theme d game at McDonald’s Park on Saturday, McLachlan is adamant Roos have not lost their football focus.

 “Us as a team, just got to look forward,” McLachlan said.

“And hopefully (we) get a couple more wins back under our belts.”

For McLachlan, there is special importance in playing in the Indigenous game on Saturday.

Dylan’s father Craig McLachlan is a staunch backer of the occasion and lobbied strongly for Roos to take part.

“Dad really pushed Kangaroos to do it this year because Southcity have been doing it the last few years,” the young halfback said.

As part of the Indigenous event, Southcity and Kangaroos will play in special jumpers, but other features will be information stands, a Welcome to Country, Wiradjuri dancers and didgeridoo .

“I think there will be a big turn out,” McLachlan said.

McLachlan knows Southcity will be a massive hurdle for Roos.

“But, it will be a tough game for me, obviously playing against the likes of Nathan Rose and Nick Skinner,” he said.

“But I’m just going to focus on my own game and hopefully we’ll go well.”



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