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Bulked-up Fifita ready to fire in 2024

2023 was one of frustration for the flying Fifita.

In his second season of first grade, Jojo spent time in and out of the Titans linup with injury restricting him to just 14-games.

Heading into his third NRL pre-season, the 20-year-old says the learnings from last year have helped to fast-track his mental preparation for the year ahead.

"It was definitely a challenging year last year but I think those challenges have given me more to learn from," he said.

"The coaches and my parents, they've helped me overcome those challenges jsut to try and push me more and more.

"I reckon this year will be a big year and I'll be trying to make up for anything I can improve on.

Having made his debut in 2022, Fifita says being in and out of the team taught him to ensure there was no complacency in the way he prepares as the competition for spots in the outside backs built with greater depth.

"It taught me that if you're in the team, you haven't secured the spot, you have to keep working at training every day," he said.

"You've just got to keep pushing yourself and let the people around you keep pushing you.

"I reckon that has helped me mentally.

"I'm trying to better myself every time I'm at training, even at home I'm trying to do video and anything that will help me on the field for my performance."

With off-season surgery, Fifita took the opportunity to bulk-up ahead of his return to pre-season last week.

"The first six weeks (after surgery) I couldn't do any running at all because of my ankle," he said.

"In the first two weeks I couldn't do any exercise at all because I couldn't sweat.

"I've been working on my upper body and trying to get more muscle and more size on, so now I've just got to get the body used to carrying that extra weight but after a few weeks of training I'll be fine in no time."

While he's added size, don't expect Jojo to be dropping speed.

One of the fastest members of the Titans squad says individual speed training will keep him quick.

"The system that we've got, focusing on a lot more on specific things like speed and fitness, I reckon the speed training this year will not just help the backs but the forwards as well."

With a host of outside backs jostling for starting spots come round one, Fifita is relishing the chance to impress new coach Des Hasler.

he says rather than focusing on a specific position, his goal is to lock down a spot in the gameday 17.

"I'm easy, I'll play centre or wing and left or right, it doesn't worry me," he said.

"I'm just trying to work my way into the team and then hopefully work on that one position and get that the best that I can."

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