A pec injury put an end to Jonus Pearson's 2020 plans, but the 25-year-old is now fit and ready to fire for the Titans as the 2021 season approaches.
Pearson played his sole NRL game in the Gold Coast's Round 3 loss to North Queensland and went unsighted for the remained of the year as he went through a long rehab.
"I had a ruptured pec," Pearson explains.
"It took me two months to get back into it and it was a really slow rollercoaster during my time with the injury.
"(in a way) it was good, I got to learn stuff about my body and where I put myself back on the field."
After three seasons at the Broncos and one at St George Illawarra, Pearson is entering his second year as a Titans player and knows there'll be competition for spots.
The outside back will be fighting with the likes of Anthony Don, Corey Thompson, Phillip Sami and Treymain Spry for a spot on the wing.
Despite the tough competition for spots, Pearson says he's confident he can play a part in the Titans success in 2021.
"I think all the boys are hungry to get into the first 13," he said.
"I want to put myself there as well so I've got to train hard in the pre-season and I'm looking forward to the trials going into February."
Pearson will get a chance to test himself against NRL opposition when the Titans host the New Zealand Warriors in a pre-season clash at Lismore's Oakes Oval on February 27th.
On top of hard work on the training paddock, the Yeppoon Seagulls junior has set some simple off-field goals to ensure he performs at his best this season.
"I've got a few goals for myself," he said.
"Trying to eat better, that's probably one of my most important things to get my body right before the start of the season.
"Hopefully from that it'll lead me down the right track."