After facing a challenging year in 2016, Rabbitohs front-rower Thomas Burgess will be looking to put the finishing touches on his strong preseason as the upcoming season looms.
Plagued by a knee injury throughout the 2016 season, the English international believes that he is in the best condition of his career with the opening round of the season just around the corner.
“My knee is feeling really good, feeling really strong, really fast, (I’m) feeling the best I’ve felt, so I’m really confident about this year,” said Burgess.
Coming into his fifth season in the NRL, Burgess believes the new training regime that has been implemented during the preseason has played a significant role in his enjoyment and confidence.
“I’ve really loved the new dynamics at training, we’ve got new members of staff that I think have been really good. Our Head of Performance (Paul Devlin) has been really good, so I’m loving it.
“It feels very fresh and there’s a lot of excitement floating around.”
In addition to the praise of training staff, the front-rower also credits a number of new squad members for the excitement and intensity around training.
“We’ve had a few new young players come in and they’ve been pushing the standards very hard at training which is awesome, I’m really excited to see how they do.
“I’m excited for myself to put all of my improvements to the test and have a really consistent year.
“Everyone is just doing their job for the team, I think everyone is really focused on that.”
View the full interview with Burgess in the video player above.