NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 07: Jack Bird of the Broncos in action during the round five NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Brisbane Broncos at McDonald Jones Stadium on April 7, 2018 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

It was a tough 2018 for Jack Bird.

Following a big money move to the Broncos, Bird suffered injuries to his shoulder and sternum, had two operations this season which restricted him to just eight first grade games.

He struggled during those contests and failed to prove his worth, although all parties will be hoping for a much better season from the premiership-winning centre, and he’s started off in the right way already this pre-season.

Bird has already shed more than 5kg according to The Courier Mail, and is more than ready to light up the NRL next season, according to teammate Sam Tagataese.

“Jack has started really well in pre-season,” Tagataese told The Courier Mail.

“Last season he had a couple of injuries that mentally he was struggling with and for him to overcome that and start afresh for 2019 is a big thing.

“Last year the big thing for Jack was just gelling with the team. He had to gain that camaraderie with the boys and we were getting to know the type of bloke that he is.

“We are trying to help him settle in and make him feel comfortable and thankfully all the injuries are behind him.

“Jack can now work towards getting better for the new season.”

New coach Anthony Seibold is reportedly yet to decide where Bird will play next season, after starting at centre, halfback and five-eighth during 2018.

The 23-year-old certainly has a lot of talent, and Brisbane rake Andrew McCullough can’t wait to see it on show next season.

“It’s always important for any person to perform,” McCullough added.

“There is an expectation when you come from another club to the Broncos as a marquee signing.

“Jack has had his own issues with injury so for him, he has come back injury-free and has set his mind on some goals and getting in the best shape he can be.

“I’m excited about Jack. As a player, I’m looking forward to seeing how he goes (next season).”

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