Dylan Walker says it took him some time to get used to playing as a middle forward but is now relishing his position in the Manly Sea Eagles side.
The Sea Eagles are looking to build on a strong 2021 NRL campaign and with Walker keen to play a big role are priced at 13/2 to win the premiership in the season ahead.
Walker had initially made a name for himself when playing either five-eighth or fullback and was reluctant to switch from a position he was very familiar with.
However his determination to play regular footy saw him switch to middle forward, even if it meant initially starting on the interchange bench.
The 27-year-old starred when coming off the bench on 14 occasions and says the new role has brought some new enthusiasm into his game.
"I wasn’t happy or stoked about it the first time," Walker told reporters. "When you play football, you want to be a starter, but I knew it was my way of getting back into the team.
"I’m a team first mentality type of player. I didn’t think I was just going to jump the queue and hop back into a role somewhere when the team was winning games.
"I had to work my way through it. Coming off the bench, I was just trying to make my mark that I belong in the team.
"I started to learn and enjoy that role of coming on and playing in the middle. To be honest, I found the love of the game through there again."