Warrington forward Ben Currie says he is reaping the rewards of sacrificing a trip to New Zealand with the Great Britain squad.
The 25-year-old agreed to sit out of the Lions tour last autumn so he could have a rare full pre-season of intense training following a couple of serious injuries either side of the 2017 World Cup.
Currie, who has played for England and Ireland on the international stage, has no regrets over not touring with the Lions last year.
He said: “It’s been three or four years since I last had a full pre-season.
“I came in a little bit earlier as well so I could have some time off to get married in between.
“Pre-season went perfect for me. I got three months of training, fitness and strength under my belt and you could really see it, the way I was training at the back end of pre-season.
“I felt back to how it used to be and I’m happy with how I’ve started the season so hopefully it’s only going to benefit me.”
Currie, who moved from hometown club Wigan to rivals Warrington during his academy days, is expected to be back in contention for England’s Ashes series against Australia this autumn.
He added: “It’s in the back of my mind. I want to focus on Warrington and get back playing to where I should be.
“If I tick that off and get that right, the England stuff will come into it at the end of the year but it’s not something I’m focusing on.”
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