Wollongong Hawks defensive linchpin Larry Davidson has declared himself a certain starter for Thursday's season-opening road clash with reigning champions New Zealand.
An ankle injury kept Davidson out of a recent trial against Sydney and he continued to be hampered at training last week.
But the 209-centimetre centre made good progress over the weekend and is keen to confront the Breakers, much to the relief of coach Gordie McLeod.
"I trained Friday for 1½ hours and [on] Saturday I did the full session," Davidson said.
"It was a bit sore, but I'd expect that. I'll be sweet by Thursday."
The Hawks will have just one import - sharpshooting guard Rotnei Clarke - in the line-up when they take on the current titleholders.
McLeod is back in the market for a second import after Durrell Summers controversially quit the club last week.
Davidson said Summers' departure had not impacted on team morale.
"It's in the past now. We were done with it as soon as it happened," the 30-year-old said.
"If he doesn't want to be here, then you don't really want him here. You want guys on your team that want to be here.
"For whatever reason, he didn't want to be here. The club was put in an awkward position and they way they handled it was good.
"We're certainly not walking around with our heads down, thinking it's the end of our season. We're kind of used to dealing with adversity and things you have no control over.
"The core group of guys who've been here four or five years have been through a lot together. We're just trying to be as good as we can be."
Making their NBL debuts for the Hawks on Thursday are Clarke and rookie centre Shane Harris-Tunks.
Clarke, the former high school and college star, showed in the pre-season that he is the favourite to lead the Hawks' scoring in their 2013-14 campaign.
"When he first started training with us, some of the shots he was taking, you think they're probably not the best shots, but they keep going in. That's the way he plays," Davidson said.
"We haven't really seen that before, guys that make the shots he can make. He's just got such a confidence in the way he plays that it helps the team a lot, knowing you've got someone that can pretty much hit a shot anywhere, any time."