Boyd boosted by full pre-season
Having a rare full pre-season is putting Brisbane Broncos skipper Darius Boyd on track to produce top form this year.
Boyd missed part or all of pre-season in three of the past four years due to injury or international commitments.
The fact that he didn't play in Rugby League World Cup for Australia meant he could put in the hard yards in training before Christmas.
When he did have a full pre-season prior to 2016 he produced his very best form for the Broncos and Queensland winning both the Paul Morgan Medal as Broncos' player of the year and the Ron McAuliffe Medal for the Maroons' player of the series.
He ended last season on the sidelines with a hamstring problem but sitting out the World Cup gave him the opportunity to rehab the injury.
"I think you really do need the extra training before Christmas," said Boyd. "It gives you a really good base and sets you up for when you come back in January so you can hone and fine-tune your skills, and it gives you that extra strength.
"When you come back in mid-January from a tour or a World Cup you are playing catch-up but I have found that when I've had a pre-season from November I've always had a pretty decent year; I'm hoping that is the case for this coming season."
Boyd, who's back training with the full squad now, says he has been able to concentrate on certan areas that were in need of some strength or flexibility.
"It is just the one hamstring that was a problem, but I've worked on both hamstrings and my calves...everything that can help that hamstring a bit more and be stronger all-round," he added.
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