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Fifita now injury free and ready to play football

Jojo Fifita says despite 2021 being frustrating due to injuries, he has learnt plenty in his first year with the Titans squad.

The 18-year-old battled shoulder complaints this season, but is expected to be fully fit to start the 2022 pre-season.

Despite not playing as much football as he would have liked, Fifita says he has taken plenty of lessons out of his first season as a professional player.

"It was pretty good despite the fact I had two surgeries on my shoulder," he said.

"I'm bouncing back and everyone has supported me and with a lot of new faces I've made a lot of new friends."

Fifita was one of the most sought after young talents in the country.  The powerful outside back is a gifted athlete and starred in schoolboy rugby before making the switch to league.

He says it did take some time to transition from one code to another, but now feels comfortable as a League player.

"It was a bit different moving from union to league and training is different," Fifita said.

"It's been more strict, the training and the eating and it's taken some time to get used to.

"I reckon it (the transition) has gone well.

"Training at the start was a bit tough as I learnt the new plays.

"My first game wasn't the best, but the second game I got the hang of it and the third game I played a good first half and then got injured."

One of the youngest members of the Titans squad, Fifita has drawn upon the knowledge of a Club veteran to look for ways to improve his game.

"Anthony Don has taken me under his wing," he said.

"After the first couple of games he was doing video review for me and he already had the clips set up and he would talk me through that and let me know what I was doing right and wrong and that's been a good help."

After a lot of time in the rehab group, Fifita is itching to get back onto the field.

The young winger says 2022 is about getting games under his belt as he looks to push for a Titans debut.

"I'm physically fit and I feel stronger and better," he said.

"When I come back for pre-season, my rehab will be finished and I'll be good then.

"My goal is pretty much to get the whole pre-season done and play games next year.

"I want to play as many games as I can and my top goal is to pull on the Titans jersey and play a game in the NRL."