St George Illawarra veteran forward Jack de Belin says his body feels "refreshed" and "recharged" after returning to pre-season training in Wollongong ahead of schedule.
"I came back early. I think I wasn't due back until next Monday," the former NSW State of Origin representative said. "A lot of people came back early, it's so good to get back and just be around the boys and get a feel for what's happening here. It all starts happening now that the full squad's getting back.
"The body's feeling great. I've had a bit of time off, so it's been nice to recharge the batteries and come back feeling refreshed."
Tuesday marked de Belin's first training session under the guidance of new head coach Shane Flanagan, which he said was an"awesome" experience.
"I've never had the opportunity to be able to work directly underneath him," de Belin said.
"Just seeing him on my first day and, from my first interactions, he's very passionate. He knows what he wants, and he's set out to achieve that. Now, it's about us players getting on board and delivering."