After ending up battered and bruised at the Chris Mainwaring Legends Match for Telethon last year, Packed to the Rafters star George Houvardas is hoping to return to the footy field a little more prepared this time
The actor has again signed on to play in this year's charity match - which will take place at Subiaco's Patersons Stadium on October 6 - and told AAA he had spent the past few weeks doing regular cardio training to get in shape for the game.
"I'm doing lots of running and lots of sprinting to get the cardio up," he said. "I'm hoping to be a lot fitter than I was last time.
"I played a full four quarters, I think I was only on the bench for about five minutes and I was a bit buggered, so I thought I'll get into shape for this match."
Houvardas played for the first time last year and admits his lack of preparation was to blame for his sore and sorry post-match body.
"I was battered and bruised, but my toes were actually the sorest part, I think because my boots were new and I hadn't broken them in," he said. "Physically I pulled up OK, I had a few knocks, but that's OK, I'm all for knocks."
While his upcoming Perth trip for the charity game - which will be the fifth match-up benefiting Telethon - will be his first visit to the west coast this year, he is also locked in to return for the annual Telethon fundraiser in November.
While he's yet to find out whether he will play for the OWLS (Older Wiser Larger Slower) or the Geelong TOMcats (Tired Old Men), the cheeky actor said he was raring to go.
"I'm looking forward to it," he said.
"(David) Wirrpanda is playing this year, we're good mates, so if he's playing on the opposite side, I'll have to keep an eye out for him."
Tickets to the match are available through Ticketmaster.