Former Cronulla and Newcastle NRL player Jacob Gagan has declared he’s ready to return to the NRL whenever called on by South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold.
Gagan, a gangly, hard-to-tackle centre or winger, was a handful at times in North Sydney’s loss to St George Illawarra in their Round 3 Intrust Super Premiership NSW clash and insists he’s overcome the injuries that have cruelled his career thus far.
Gagan made his debut for Cronulla in 2014 but has played a total of just eight top-grade games with a anterior cruciate ligament injury, in particular, halting his progress.
“I’m fit, I had a good pre-season at Souths, they’ve got a great medical and rehab team, and I'm fit and injury-free and travelling well at the moment,” Gagan tells NSWRL.com.au.
“I just have to play good footy at the Bears and hopefully get a game with Souths – that’s the goal.
“I’ve spent a bit of time away from the NRL, but if I get my opportunity, yeah I’m definitely ready.
“Confidence is up - I'm ready to go whenever I get the call-up.”
Gagan says he’s revelling in the shift to Redfern after a stint in Newcastle and is looking forward to what season 2018 holds.
“I’m really enjoying my time at Souths. We haven’t started the season too well but the boys are working hard and I’m sure we’ll get a win after the bye next weekend [for Norths],” Gagan says.
“We haven’t had the best start but we’ve got a good bunch at North Sydney and a win will come soon.
“[Seibold] just said to work hard - it’s a strong starting 17 for Souths in the NRL - so I’ve just got to keep my head down in [Intrust Super Premiership NSW]."