Josh Reynolds has given Wests Tigers fans every reason to be confident ahead of season 2019 with the five-eighth determined to produce his best and repay the faith shown the club.

After a frustrating 2018 campaign that saw the marquee five-eighth chalk up just five games for Wests Tigers, Reynolds said he was firing fit and ready to deliver in 2019 as the side continues to ramp up pre-season training under Michael Maguire.

"Definitely fit and healthy for the trials which is good," Reynolds said after speaking to a group of school students about the club's Celebrating Differences program.

"We're heading over to New Zealand and it should be fun.

"We're only playing the one trial so I think all the boys are really keen to get over there, have a really good hit out and get ready for the season ahead."

Off-season shoulder surgery had Reynolds on a delayed training schedule to start the pre-season under the new coach, but a return to full contact for the 29-year-old has once again lifted the spirits after a tough time in the rehabilitation group.

Josh Reynolds
Josh Reynolds

"The shoulders are really good... I can go in to training now not worrying and do all those silly things that I used to do," Reynolds joked with reporters.

"It's confidence for me — this is my ninth year of first-grade and I've had six good years without injury so it's not like I don't know what I'm doing.

I'm just excited to get back out there and hopefully find some form.

"I've had some horrendous injuries over the past year-and-a-half and I'm definitely over doing rehab! Being back on the field with the boys has been a big thing for me.

"I've tried not to kick stones about the way it's all gone so far," he added.

"As a person, I just have to move forward and play some good footy. I've had enough time talking about injuries, I just want to get out there and play now.

"The Wests Tigers have given me a massive opportunity and I want to play good footy for them, my teammates, my family and myself."

Wests Tigers will wrap up pre-season preparations when they take on the New Zealand Warriors in Whangarei in their sole trial match on March 2 before opening the season against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Leichhardt Oval on March 16.

Match: Wests Tigers v Sea Eagles

Round 1 -

Full Time
Wests Tigers

Home Team

Wests Tigers

Scored 20 points
Sea Eagles

Away Team

Sea Eagles

Scored 6 points

Venue: Leichhardt Oval

Match broadcasters:

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