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Back rower Kevin Proctor returned to training this week and has been pleasantly surprised with how fit the entire group look and also the energy they are possessing.

Proctor played four tests as part of the New Zealand squad both against Australia and England, therefore earning the Tugun junior an extended break through December.

The 29-year-old returned on Saturday for some testing but spoke today about the excitement and hunger amongst the group.

"I blew off plenty of cobwebs on Saturday," Proctor said about his return.

"It was good to get back with the guys and let some steam off.

"It was good to meet all the new guys and new staff. Everyone looks like they're flying at the moment."

Since Proctor left for his Kiwi Tour, there have been a number of changes to both the on and off field staff but he believes it looks to be working.

"It seems like a breath of fresh air and they have been getting the most out of the boys. They look fit as.

"I came back and was at the back of the group a fair bit.

"They all look good and it looks like the guys have been buying in to what Garth's bringing in."

On the field and after the departure of Konrad Hurrell, Proctor will certainly have a new centre partner on that right hand side and early indications are that new recruit, Brian Kelly, could be the man that gets the nod.

"I hadn't actually met him until Saturday. He's an enthusiastic kid and I'm looking forward to working with him moving forward."