Titans TV caught up with hooker Nathan Peats after what has been an extremely tough period of training.

Peats has been a key figure on the training paddock throughout the pre-season and the 26-year-old is happy the focus has now shifted more towards ball work.

“Yeah, it’s been pretty tough,” Peats said. “They have been tough long days, like what every club goes through but we’re not too far away from some action now.

“The boys have trained pretty well, it’s been a tough slog but you get to touch the ball more after Christmas and there isn’t as much running. There’s a lot of contact stuff as well and the Nines isn’t far off either.”

Peats arrived mid-way through the 2016 season and immediately struck up a combination with then halves Ash Taylor and Tyrone Roberts, as well as fullback Jarryd Hayne when he arrived at the back end of the season. With Kane Elgey returning to the fold for 2017, the focus has been working on their cohesion. 

“All of us haven’t played together a lot but I obviously had that time with Ty and Ash last year and then with Jarryd at the end of the year. So with Elgey coming back and Haynsey having a full pre-season, it’s been good.

“We’ve done some swapping around and we’re getting it together pretty quickly.”

With the final period of pre-season training in progress, Peats hasn’t had it confirmed as to what trials he will play in but has already been confirmed as part of the Indigenous All-Stars team.

“I’m not sure yet (what trials I’ll play in) but I’ve got the All-Stars week which is the same weeks as the Eels trial, so I’d say I’ll do that and then get some minutes during that final trial.”