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Moga's happy to commence full contact

New nib Newcastle Knights recruit Tautau Moga is finally out of the yellow jersey and has resumed full contact training with the squad.

The 24-year-old, who underwent shoulder surgery in the off-season, couldn’t be happier to be back in full swing with his teammates.

“It’s feeling pretty good to be back full training with the boys,” Moga admitted.

“It’s good to get out there and take part in the contact sessions.”

The towering 194cm outside back maintains rehabilitation on his shoulder has gone better than expected.

“It’s going really well,” Moga said.

“It’s been fully tested; the strength is there and now it’s just about getting the confidence.

“I’m way ahead of schedule; things are still progressing but I can’t complain.”

The Knights centre will most likely miss the upcoming trial match against the Melbourne Storm but is optimistic he’ll be ready to run out against the Parramatta Eels at Maitland, late February.

“I probably won’t be in the Melbourne trial but hopefully I’ll be right for the trial against Parramatta and I’ll be able to get some game time,” Moga suggested.

“The trials will predict a Round 1 team but for me it’s about working hard and doing the little things right.”

Between now and Round 1 kick-off, Moga will be looking to push for a starting spot and perfect his combinations.

“I’m playing on the left with Pearcey (Mitchell Pearce) and Rossdog (Nathan Ross), so having Ross out there is always good, he’s always vocal,” explained Moga.

“Having big SKD (Shaun Kenny-Dowall) and Sione (Mata’utia) on the other side, those big bodies will help out a lot and the competition for spots will be tough.”