Star Sydney Rooster's fullback James Tedesco says he is feeling fitter than ever heading in to the 2022 NRL campaign.
The Roosters are priced at 5/2 to reach the 2022 NRL grand final and their chances will be boosted if Tedesco is fit and firing throughout the season.
Tedesco is arguably the best fullback in the NRL and the prospect of him being stronger than ever will send a chill down the spine of rival clubs.
The New South Wales State of Origin ace has had knee issues in the past but after undergoing surgery in the off-season he is feeling good.
"I've been hurting after games and just getting through," the Roosters skipper said. "The rehab we've been doing and the program I've had during this pre-season has been really good.
"I feel stronger than ever and the body feels really good as well. It's a great start to the season."
The Roosters had a bit of a nightmare on the injury front last season with Luke Keary and Lindsay Collins both suffering ACL injuries, while Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend both retired.
Keary and Collins are back to fitness and Tedesco says the Roosters are looking strong.
"We just need to get the team healthy and we'll be right," Tedesco added. "But it takes a bit more than that. We've showed that during pre-season.
"We've worked really hard. There have been no complaints, no excuses.
"A lot of our young guys from last year got that experience out there. They're even more ready for first grade. We have a lot of healthy guys coming back, as well.
"It's definitely a big positive for us going into the start of the year."