Sydney Roosters breakthrough star Joseph Suaalii is hopeful of being back in action sooner rather than later.
The 18-year-old centre burst into the Roosters set-up last season, only to see his campaign cut short by a foot injury, from which he is still recovering, meaning that he will sit out the start of the new campaign - with his side to win the NRL Grand Final.
However, Suaalii is far from downhearted and expects to be back in contention in the near future and he is not worried by the added competition for places brought about by the signings of up Kevin Naiqama and Paul Momirovski.
He told reporters: "I haven't got a timeframe yet, but I know I'll be back in the early rounds. Now I'm just being patient with my recovery.
"I'm back full running, training, full contact, everything I'm supposed to be doing, just taking time to get my body right and coming back in the season ready to go."
And the teenager is prepared to fit in where he is needed by head coach Trent Robinson, who recently put pen to paper on a new five-year contract extension with the Roosters,
He added: "To be honest I'm not really fussed where I play. At training I train everywhere, or I try to anyway. I'm happy wherever Robbo puts me.
"To get that first season under your belt, you have to take all your lessons from there and actually see how footy is played in the NRL.
"Being able to play this year having a good base from last year, I'll be ready to go."