DARIUS Boyd says he feels like his pre-season has been timed just right.
The Broncos’ skipper will enter the 2018 competition without any trial matches but says the hamstring injury that hampered him through last year’s finals has eased.
He had a minor hiccup with the injury during the pre-season, but has been ticking all the boxes for the past month.
Boyd could have played in the club’s final trial against the Hunters in Papua New Guinea 10 days ago, but performance staff chose to rest him.
That rest, combined with some changes to his training, has Boyd ready to go for round one.
Today he said he was jumping out of his skin to face the Dragons in Sydney on Thursday.
“I feel really fresh to be honest,” he said.
“I have had three really good training days in the last six days.
“And I have been doing a bit less in the gym, which has freshened me up.
“I am really looking forward to the game.”
It is a huge clash for both the Broncos and Dragons, with ex-Brisbane half Ben Hunt making his debut for his new club.
Boyd said there could be some good-natured banter between Hunt and his old partner in crime, Anthony Milford.
“‘Milf’ is one of those guys – you might not think this – who doesn’t mind a bit of a spray,” he said Boyd.
“They obviously played in the halves together the last few years, so if they tackle each other there might be a few face plants and a bit of a word.
“It’s always fun playing against your mates.
“But at the end of the day we have got a job to do and Benny (Hunt) has the same job for his team.”
The Broncos will name their team for the clash tomorrow at 3pm (Qld time).