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Wests Tigers young guns returned for pre-season training this week, jumping back in to the action a few days earlier than the official start date for the NRL squad.

The full 2019 NRL squad will begin pre-season testing on Thursday before hitting the ground running the following week under new Coach Michael Maguire.

Amongst the young group of players to return this week were NRL experienced players Luke Garner and Tyson Gamble, as well as the club's three 2018 Development players Sam McIntyre, Thomas Mikaele and Dylan Smith — all of whom will join the full-time squad in the coming season.

The club's four 2019 Development Players Jock Madden, Tommy Talau, Alex Seyfarth and Kane Bradley also begun training in their new colours this week, while impressive young Jersey Flegg forward Henry Lealuga-Phoutau will also train full-time with the squad leading in to the Christmas break.

All other players of the 2019 squad will return for testing on Thursday except for Esan Marsters, who remains on break following his commitments with the Kiwis.