JACK Bird says he owes the Broncos and the club's fans a big year and is therefore determined to prove he is ready to play.
Bird's first season in the maroon and gold was a disastrous one simply because of injuries that were no fault of his own.
He had a shoulder reconstruction upon arrival in late 2017 and therefore missed the pre-season.
Then a contact injury produced an agonising fractured sternum he attempted to play through, which ultimately required another trip to the surgeon.
But with those concerns fading now, Bird has laid down his plans for 2019.
And they involve proving his intent to his coaches, teammates and the Broncos' members and fans.
"Last year was a write off for myself," he said today.
"So fingers crossed I am on the paddock this year injury free and back to my best - and maybe even better.
"I feel like I owe the Broncos and the fans something a bit more than what I have shown.
So I hope I can get back on the paddock and prove to you guys I want to be here, and I am ready to playJack Bird Broncos Centre
Bird said he was keen to play at least one trial for the Broncos next month, and looks certain to start the year in the centres.
"I spoke to 'Seibs' (head coach Anthony Siebold) about playing in the trials and I am sure I will be playing one or two," he said.
"I'll play anywhere the team wants me to play.
"I have been training at left centre.
"It's going well and I am trying to adapt from playing on the right side to the left.
"That is going well and I am just looking forward to the season."