Warriors back's hungry for more NRL action after rookie year
RUGBY LEAGUE: He relished every minute of action in his rookie season in the NRL so Warriors back Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad is eager to be a more constant presence in 2018.
The 22-year-old, who is set to play against the Titans in a pre-season clash on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday, notched seven games in 2017.
He played his first match in the top tier in April, against the Sydney Roosters, and it left a lasting impression.
"I was thinking about it on Thursday night actually, just about getting the call-up to debut and all the emotions I felt," he said.
And now that he's had a taste of the big time, he's craving more.
"It just makes you a lot more hungrier. You just want that feeling again," he said.
With a handful of games under his belt, he's yet to embed himself in the line-up. But there's no denying his talent.
"I am still knocking on the door of the NRL so my personal goal is to put my best foot forward and do everything I can, and to focus on what I can control and then just leave it up to the coach," he said.
"I want to be a regular first grader and want to be a role model to the younger boys and girls coming through."
Nicoll-Klokstad has enjoyed a thorough pre-season.
"I'm feeling quite confident. We've put in the hard work and that's how you gain confidence," he said.
"I'm really happy with where I'm at."
But to become a more consistent player, he's been working hard on a particular part of his game.
"Just with the demands of the game, it was probably my mental side that let me down last year in a few areas so I'm focusing more on my mental state," he said.
"I've been working on that in the pre-season and everything else just flows off that."
The Warriors held an open training session at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Friday, after having having a fan day function at Alex Surf Club on Thursday.