WITH the career of veteran centre Matt Cooper remaining uncertain the St George Illawarra Dragons have a ready made replacement in Daniel Vidot.
Cooper has missed most of this season with a foot injury and in the recent clash with Souths tore his pectoral muscle which could end his career.
Cooper's contract expires at the end of 2013 and an announcement on Cooper's future at the Dragons is expected soon.
Vidot debuted with the Canberra Raiders in 2009 and spent three years there until 2011 and joined the Dragons last year.
The 187 centimetre tall outside back has used his powerful 108 kilogram frame with a litany of strong attacking runs this season.
And playing left centre in recent weeks has also lifted the international's involvement in the game.
"When I came to Canberra's under-20s I started in the centres," the well spoken Vidot said.
The closer he is to the football the better for him and the Dragons. Vidot has size, strength and pace and forms a lethal left-hand side of attack with winger Brett Morris.
Vidot is under contract with the Dragons until the end of 2014.
"I signed for three years when I came to the Dragons in 2012," Vidot said.
And the powerfully built footballer said he feels like the Dragons is a great home to continue his development.
"I enjoy being at the club," the Samoan international said.
He said the club has been competitive in the majority of the games this season.
"It's been hard, we have been inconsistent at times, but we have always tried hard in every game," Vidot said.
"We've lost a lot of close games."
Vidot made his debut for Samoa this year in the Test match against Tonga at Centrebet Stadium.
"It was one of the hardest games I have ever played in," he said. "It was one of the most physical games I have ever played."