A pre-season full of surgery mixed with a two-game suspension to start the season really put a dampener on Jarrod Wallace's 2018 season which makes the prop all the more excited to return fresh and ready to go for the 2019 pre-season.
A shoulder clean-out, groin operation and ankle surgery made the 2018 pre-season tough going for the Runaway Bay junior but with those early setbacks, Wallace still achieved a number of goals this year.
"I didn't look after the body at the back end of the year (in 2017) as well as I should have and those things make me even more hungry for next year," Wallace said.
"Finishing early each season is never fun and now that I look back on it, I wish I had done a bit more.
"It was good (the year). I had a few targets but you know making the starting team each week, obviously playing Origin again but personally I know I can be a lot better both on and off the field."
The 27-year-old made 20 appearances in Titans colours in 2018, scoring three tries which were his first here at the club. He averaged 10.6 carries a match and an average of 124.3m per game.
With 2018 done and dusted, Wallace will head into 2019 injury free and ready to hit the ground running in November.
"It's exciting for me actually, I don't think I've had a season without a surgery. Last year was probably the biggest one which set me back a bit but nothing this year.
"I need to make sure I look after my body and come back in the right shape."
And on the pre-season fitness ahead of him?
"I can't wait. I'm so excited for it," he laughed.