Wests Tigers fullback Moses Mbye has declared himself a near certain starter from a niggling knee injury as he looks to return from injury this Sunday against the New Zealand Warriors.
The newly-appointed skipper missed his first game in charge of the team last week against Manly, but said he was "99%" locked in to play his first game of the year on Sunday, with just one final box to tick at training throughout the week.
"It looks like it at this stage that I'll be playing," Mbye said.
"I've still got to get through today's sessions but the knee's feeling really good.
It was a little bit under done last week; I thought it was a better idea to miss that game as a precaution but feeling I'm good and got through today's session.
"If all goes to plan I’ll be playing.
Mbye feeling confident ahead of probable injury return
"I think I took more of a precaution with it being Round 1," he said.
"It’s a long season and I just wasn’t feeling 100%. The game these days demands the respect to be play at 100% so I don’t think it’s a good idea going out there under done — especially not up against the quality players that’s in the game.
"Everyone’s quick and strong and powerful and if you’re not going out there to match it with them, there’s really no point of being out there.
"But I’ve had a good week this week. I've gotten a lot of kilometres under my belt and trained over the weekend, so now it's just about getting through today with the plan to get out there on Sunday for my first game of the year.
"I'm feeling 99%."
Match: Wests Tigers v Warriors
Round 2 -
Venue: Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney