Wigan Warriors prop forward Tony Clubb admits that 2018 could be a pivotal season in his career, following a disrupted campaign this year.
Clubb suffered from a serious kidney issue, alongside other off-field problems, which limited his opportunities to make an impact for his team.
But the former London Broncos player says he is eager to demonstrate his value to the club by recapturing top form during the next 12 months.
"I started the year well but, after my kidney problem, I struggled to kick on. But I've sat down with the coaching staff and set individual goals and mine is to start well and have a big year for Wigan," said Clubb, a former England international.
"2017 was a bad year. My dad died last Christmas, I somehow lost a kidney and I had trouble with my spine. It was a tough one but you have to go through things like that and, with my kidney, it was just one of those freaky things which came at a bad time."
Clubb and his team-mates are well advanced with their preparations for the new campaign, and he reports that the going's been tough so far.
"We were told that pre-season this time around would be a tough one, and it has been," he added.
"We had a few days off before the running started, and we're feeling it a bit more. It's been hard but it's been enjoyable at the same time."
Wigan return to Super League action on Friday 2nd February, when they travel to face Salford Red Devils.
Wigan are 1.44 to win the Super League XXIII Grand Final, while Leeds can be backed at 151.00, Hull at 41.00 and Castleford at 4.33.
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