Andrew Fifita has the smile back on his face after re-signing with the Sharks last weekend then playing a part in their much-needed win over the Panthers.
It put to an end to the off-field distractions which have plagued the early part of 2014 for the Sharks front rower.
Now, as he has said in press interviews this week, Fifita wants to get back to playing ‘happy football’.
This Sunday when he slips on a City jersey he has the chance to do just that as he tries to stake a claim for State of Origin selection in a couple of weeks time in the game billed as an Origin selection trial.
While obviously disappointed not to be representing Australia on Friday night, Fifita is still primed for a big performance playing for City Origin in the annual City-Country match which kicks off in Dubbo on Sunday.
Fifita was honest enough to admit his performances over the early part of the season probably didn’t warrant Kangaroo selection, but on the flip side, is excited to be heading back to where his meteoric rise through the representative ranks began 12 months ago.
Following an impressive effort for City in 2013 Fifita went on to play all three State of Origin games for NSW and six Test matches for Australia at the World Cup.
Fifita spoke to NSWRL in the lead up to the City-Country clash and has provided Sharsk TV with a brief interview. With a smile on his face, he looks ready to start playing ‘happy football’ once again, which should sound a warning to his Country opponents this weekend.
The Fifita interview is now playing on Sharks TV.
The City v Country Origin match is scheduled to be played at Apex Oval in Dubbo, getting underway at 3.00pm. For those watching at home the game will be televised on delay from 4.00pm on Channel 9.