Rabbitohs lock-forward, Glenn Stewart, says that he is now in the best shape he has been in since coming in to grade football.
Arriving at Redfern from Manly after a number of injury-plagued seasons, Stewart threw himself into training in a bid to be in top shape for his new start wearing the red and green of South Sydney.
In just three outings – including Return to Redfern, the World Club Challenge and round one against the Broncos – the no-nonsense forward has made a solid start on the back of his work behind the scenes.
“It’s probably the best physical shape I’ve been in since I was first coming into grade I imagine,” said Stewart.
“Had a really good pre-season here and worked really hard with the physios and the rehab unit,” said Stewart. Obviously the surgeries weren’t good, but the rest of the body got a break while I was mending.
“From the last good year I had playing I’m probably down maybe five kilos or something like that.”
Asked whether he was brought to the Rabbitohs to replace Sam Burgess, Stewart pointed to the fact that he is a very different player to the former Rabbitoh. Stewart cited the need to play to his own strengths.
“There have been a lot of questions asked about whether I was replacing Sam Burgess – I knew I couldn’t,” said Stewart.
“He’s a great player but we’ve got very different styles. I’ve just had to fit into the team and work to my strengths which is probably passing.”
The Rabbitohs will take on the Sydney Roosters in their first home game of the season at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, 15 March at 4pm. Tickets are available now through Ticketek.