Wakefield hooker Paul Aiton admits the past few months have been “depressing” but is looking forward to a return to action in 2013.
Aiton, 27, suffered a broken jaw when he was attacked on holiday in Spain in July, which saw him ruled out for the rest of the season, and Wakefield’s remarkable run to the play-offs.
He has bulked up in the off season, adding more than 10kg in weight, and he is happy to be back in action.
The Papua New Guinea international told the club’s official website: “I am physically good, I’ve put on a lot of weight and I’m heavier then I was last year.
“It was really disappointing the way last season ended for me and quite depressing for me to tell the truth. I thought I had a reasonably good start to the year and then I was ruled out for the rest of the season but I’m looking forward to good on field performances this year.
“Pre-season has been going real good though and I’m actually enjoying being back and catching up with all the boys again because we’re all pretty good friends.
“I am hoping to hit the ground running because I missed out on the long winning streak that we had last season so I wouldn’t mind starting that way and enjoying the wins with all the boys because it was quite a big thing that I missed from last season.
“Looking at the fixtures we have a good start so we will be doing our best to get some points on the board as early as possible.”
The former Penrith and Cronulla man, who has made more than 100 appearances in the NRL, managed 21 appearances for the Wildcats in his debut year.
His last appearance came in the 52-10 defeat against Wigan in July.