Newcastle skipper Kurt Gidley says he is confident of regaining full fitness after missing much of last season with a shoulder injury.
Gidley, 30, was forced to sit out two thirds of the NRL season and miss the Origin series after suffering a shoulder dislocation in the round 8 match against Penrith.
But speaking after the Knights’ first pre-season training session last week, Gidley said he is ready to take full part.
“It has been a long pre-season for me and a long time since I have played a game,” Gidley told the Knights’ official website.
“This is the first step for me and it is feeling really good at the moment.
“I did a pretty hard rehab through to the start of October and the trainers and surgeon are really happy with the progress.”
“I had a bit of a break during October and basically I am right to start almost everything now,” added Gidley.
“I am focusing on the next eight weeks and making sure my shoulder is really strong.”