Josh Rakic | January 25, 2009
RABBITOHS enforcer Roy Asotasi has overcome a torn pectoral muscle and is set to return in time for next month's Charity Shield clash with
St George Illawarra.
The powerhouse skipper has a had a better than expected recovery from the five-month injury that prevented him from playing in New Zealand's
shock World Cup win, and has vowed to return to his damaging best after what he described as his worst season on record.
"I haven't had a break from footy like this since 2003, so it's probably been a blessing in disguise," the 27-year-old prop told The
"I felt last year that I struggled for form - it was pretty disappointing.
"I want to lead from the front and be better than what I was last year. I'm always a big fan of constantly improving and I felt last year I
let myself down a bit in that department.
"I'm hungrier than I can ever remember being after missing the World Cup and I'm just looking forward to playing some games.
"I'll be OK for the Charity Shield and I can't wait."
The marquee signing for the club when Jason Taylor took over the reins as coach in 2007, Asotasi said the Rabbitohs' 2009 squad had been two
years in the making and would be ready to thrill come February 28 at ANZ Stadium.
"We've got Colin Best and Rhys Wesser in the backline now, so the forwards really need to get a move on and I'm going to do whatever it
takes to make that happen every game - starting with the Charity Shield," Asotasi said.