GIANTS full-back Paul Reilly will start the new Super League XI season at his fittest for years!
The talented 29-year-old former Moldgreen junior will celebrate a testimonial in 2006 and is determined to mark the occasion by striking his very best form.
He began that process by turning his back on the chance to play for England again in this autumn's representative series.
The Huddersfield-born star instead underwent minor surgery to repair a long-standing shoulder injury.
The operation has proved a major success, and Reilly is already relishing the prospect of embarking on pre-season training and making another big impact with the Giants next year.
"With the way I'm feeling right now, I'm glad I made the decision not to play for England," said Reilly, whose testimonial timetable is in the process of being drawn up.
"The break has enabled me to get my damaged shoulder repaired, because it's something that's been troubling me for a couple of years.
"It's also given me the chance to fully recover from a number of other bumps and bruises as well, which is great.
"As a result, I've already been able to do some quality work in the gym as part of our off-season weights and fitness programme, and I'm feeling good.
"Hopefully, it means I'll be in really good shape for the start of the new season and I'll miss fewer games.
"I obviously had to sit out a few matches last year in order to rest various knocks. Fingers crossed, that can be avoided in 2006."