Manly winger David Williams says he has put his horror grand final effort behind him and is fitter than ever coming into a new season.
The flamboyant flyer had a premiership decider to forget last year as the Sydney Roosters came from behind win to win the NRL title.
Speaking for the first time about the game on Friday, a candid Williams revealed his intense grand final disappointment but is feeling confident ahead the 2014 season.
"The grand final is not forgotten," he said.
"It was a game of football ... not my best, obviously not the best time to have my worst game of the season.
"But there was a lot to take out of last year with the improvement in my game also for me playing the most games in the season, so it is only forward from here.
"I'm excited for the first game of the season and just looking forward to getting back out there and improving and seeing how far I can go."
Williams made headlines post-grand final after he reported went AWOL as he attempted to come to terms with the Sea Eagles' loss.
"All of a sudden you lose your phone for a few days and you are AWOL ... none of that bothered me," he said.
Williams paid credit to a revolutionary raw diet, which includes a breakfast of three uncooked eggs in a glass, for turning his career around after it was repeatedly threatened by injury.
The 27-year-old played 27 games for Manly last year after managing 28 in the previous two seasons.
"It will be the same time around this year," Williams said.
"It improved my game seven-fold last year. There is no reason not to do it again this year and hopefully it keeps getting better.
"I played 27 games last year which might seem normal for everyone else but it was double my average so it is feeling great, it is always improving and I feel I have gotten on top of those injuries. I'm feeling better than ever."