Warrior's outside back Glen Fisiiahi knows he's about to embark on the most important season of his career.
Despite his immense talent and ability to catch the eye of the likes of coaching great Phil Gould, who raved about him when commentating the Warriors versus Tigers match last season, "The Flying Fish" has yet to establish himself in the NRL.
Injuries and selection battles resulted in him playing only four games last season. At 22, Fisiiahi is entering his peak years. He will still have that top-end speed, but should also have game awareness and tactical nous to make him a more complete player.
With Matt Elliott taking over as coach this season, and promising that reputations will count for nothing, it puts all the players on a level playing field when it comes to team selection. Fisiiahi says he wants 2013 to be the year when he becomes a familiar face in the match-day 17.
"I have had a few up-and-down seasons so I want to make the most of the preseason games and take it one step at a time," Fisiiahi said, ahead of last night's trial game against Gold Coast.
"My goal for this season is to get a regular starting spot, whether that's on the wing or at fullback, just wherever Matty sees me. I have got to play hard in these trials because of that. But I can't really say whether I'll achieve that until after these trials have finished.
"I am in the best shape I've been in over the three years I've been here - I'm excited to get out there and give it a go."
Before the Warriors open their NRL campaign against Parramatta on March 9, they will play trials against Penrith, in Hamilton on Saturday, and then Brisbane, in Dunedin the weekend after.
Fisiiahi is in the best shape of his life because of all the hard work done over the offseason and preseason. How the Warriors go under Elliott is still an unknown, but they will be one of the fittest teams in the NRL.
"It has been one of the toughest [preseasons] and I am out on my feet every time after training. I ice up and get to bed, and then do it again the next day," Fisiiahi said.
"Doing it also gives you that mental lift, knowing that you can give it that extra push, and that your team-mates are all there to support you."
- Sunday Star Times
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