Despite being satisfied with his own form in 2015, James Tedesco says he’s still working hard on his own game as he strives to become one of the best fullbacks in the NRL.
Tedesco, who took his season tally to 15 tries in Monday night’s win over the Canberra Raiders, said that his body is feeling good as he lines up for his 21st consecutive game on Saturday afternoon when his side takes on the Newcastle Knights at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
“I’ve never really played this number of games consecutively before,” Tedesco said.
“I’ve really worked hard in the off season — working on my body and keeping it nice and loose.
“The body is feeling really good… I think all those mental demons are behind me and I’ve worked hard to get back to 100 percent both physically and mentally.”
Having a direct influence in 26 of the 66 tries scored by Wests Tigers this year, there’s no doubting the influence that the Camden Rams junior has had for Jason Taylor’s side.
His focus now, is on continuing that form and working on bettering himself every week.
“It’s good to look at stats and see that you’re up there, that’s a good confidence booster,” he said.
“I just want to stay up there with the best [players in the game].
“I’m always working on different areas of my game — ball playing, scoring tries and setting them up — I’m always looking to improve [every week].”
With two straight wins over the Melbourne Storm and the Canberra Raiders in the last fortnight, Tedesco insists another determined 80-minute effort will be required to secure three straight wins for the first time this season as they host a Knights outfit desperate for two points.
“You can’t take them [Newcastle Knights] lightly — they beat us up there earlier on in the year and they’ve got a lot of good players to look out for,” Tedesco emphasised.
“We are going to take a lot of confidence out of our last two wins and hopefully have a big crowd out there at Campbelltown on Saturday afternoon.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge.”