Daniel Saifiti is reaching into his bag of tricks this year.
Coming off his most consistent season yet, the forward is looking to take his game to another level.
With competition for spots at an all-time high in 2019, Saifiti has revealed he plans on winding back the clock to showcase a skill of his he hasn’t used for quite some time.
“Definitely that second phase play is what gets teams and I had it in my first couple of years of first-grade and probably lost in the last couple,” Saifiti said.
“That is definitely something I want to get back in my game.”
A regular starter for the nib Newcastle Knights in 2018, Saifiti is fighting for his place in the starting pack following the arrival of some high-profile recruits.
With David Klemmer, James Gavet and Tim Glasby on the roster, Saifiti is being challenged for his position.
It’s a scenario the young prop has welcomed with the fact no one is guarantee a spot driving the entire squad.
“It is obviously harder to make spots now and I think with that it’s good,” Saifiti said.
“All the little bad things we do are going to stand out a bit more, so I think everyone is just trying to put their best foot forward and come trials time, play their best and put their hand up for Round 1.”
Meanwhile, Daniel’s twin brother Jacob has successfully completed his first field run since hazing surgery to mend a broken lower leg.
“It’s good, he’s been limping around there for the last couple of weeks, but his leg is slowly improving and to see him running, it was a bit weird but he had a smile on his face, so I’m happy,” he said.