Tautau Moga took another step in the right direction as he recovers from an ACL injury.
The centre spent Thursday in Sydney for an update on his troublesome knee and was met with positive news.
"The surgeon was very happy with how the knee was at," Head of Physical Performance, Balin Cupples said.
"He has still got some final functional assessments to do both with us and some outside expertise next week.
"From there, hopefully we get some positive information from there and then he is a bit more integrated over the next few weeks heading into trials and Round 1."
Cupples said Moga has been increasing his workload and training involvement and that will continue in the coming weeks.
"He's starting to jump into a little bit more positional stuff now and from next week, touch wood, with really positive results which we are expecting he will build into the reactive and the full edge on edge and opposed team sessions," Cupples said.
Meanwhile, Slade Griffin experienced a little hiccup last week when traveling to Melbourne.
The hooker is recovering from an ACL injury and spent five days in hospital with a leg infection.
While it was a tiny setback, the trip to visit the surgeon was worth it.
Griffin's recovery is progressing nicely.
"Slade was going down to Melbourne to see his surgeon, just a routine check-up and in that, when he got down there wasn't feeling well," Cupples explained.
"He attained a cellulitis infection, which is not uncommon but it sort of knocked him around for a week or so.
"In terms of the surgeon, he was pretty happy with where his knee was at.
"A little bit of a hiccup but Slade was straight back into it this week after a few days."
Injured players and expected return dates:
Tautau Moga (ACL - Early Rounds)
Jacob Saifiti (Leg - Indefinite)
Slade Griffin (ACL - Indefinite)
Bradman Best (MCL - Round 1)
Sale Finau (Shoulder - Indefinite)
Brayden Musgrove (ACL – Early Rounds)