Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell admitted he enjoyed his time off after the Rugby League World Cup too much and that he let his team-mates down.
However, he says it was nothing some intense training sessions with Ruben Wiki couldn't put right.
Hurrell packed on the weight before joining up with the Warriors squad for the pre-season, but there weren't any signs of that last weekend when he scored two tries in the 48-4 win over the Broncos last weekend.
That's because of the work Wiki, the club's strength and conditioning assistant coach, put in with him.
''I wasn't in my best shape, I was on holiday and I switched off,'' revealed Hurrell.
''I wasn't happy when I came back and the club and the boys were disappointed with me as well.
''But I'm happy that I'm back at my weight now, I did a lot of work with Ruben just to make the boys happy at the club and myself as well.''
Anyone who's ever seen Wiki put someone through their paces would confirm that the recipient of it is in for a gruelling and lung busting time, which is just what Hurrell experienced as he shed 10 kilograms.
Hurrell admits he was in the wrong to let his weight blow out, but realised there would be consequences when Wiki got his hands on him.
''I went down a tough path, but I chose that path so I had to do it with the hard man Ruben,'' he said.
''But I'm happy I did it and I'm stoked that I'm back at my playing weight, which is 106kgs.''
Hurrell had a mixed campaign last year for the Warriors. He started and finished well, but had a period where he was demoted to the reserve grade Auckland Vulcans.
There has never been any doubt about Hurrell's attacking prowess, but defence has always been an issue for him.
''My goals for the year are to win the Premiership and play every game,'' he said.
''It's going to be hard because there are other good centres there, but hopefully I won't get dropped again and I'll be in the team for the whole year.
''I want to work on my fitness and defence,'' he added.
''The defence is getting better with every year that goes by, but I do need to work on my fitness and I'll keep working with Ruben Wiki during the season.''
But Hurrell could find it harder to get game time this year because Carlos Tuimavave has been instructed to specialise in being a centre this season, rather than playing in the halves or at fullback.
Dane Neilsen will have one of the centres berths locked up, while Hurrell will have to battle it out for the other.
''I don't mind who's going to play, it's all about what's best for the team and the coach will do what he thinks is the best,'' Hurrell said.
''It's up to me and Carlos about who's going to train harder and better, there's a bit of competition there but we both want what's best for the team.''
- © Fairfax NZ News
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