After a luckless two months, Wade Graham has declared himself injury-free and ready for the fight to win back his NSW jersey.
The Cronulla back-rower has this week passed concussion protocols and will line for Sunday's NRL clash with the Wests Tigers.
He lasted just 21 minutes in last week's loss to South Sydney after copping a sickening accidental knee to the head from Sam Burgess.
It was the latest in a recent string of injuries which cost Graham the chance to make his case to retain his State of Origin spot.
After missing rounds seven and eight because of a hamstring injury, he returned against Parramatta, only to suffer a re-aggravation and missed another fortnight.
With a stop-start first half of the year, he was overlooked in favour of Jack de Belin and Angus Crichton for NSW's game-one win on Wednesday night over Queensland.
And he admitted it would be hard to force his way back in with NSW on the verge of their second series win in 13 years.
But with two games still to be played this series, there is plenty of water to flow under the bridge.
An injury in the back row would put him back in the frame. His versatility means he could be used as a bench utility in the event Tyrone Peachey is ruled out.
"You can't get picked in teams if you're not playing," Graham said.
"I think I missed five games before the Origin team was picked. I had my first game back and then it was picked.
"It's still the same case - I'm still trying to get out there and play football.
"But unfortunately, I'm just going through one of those periods where it's not going my way."
Like the whole Sharks side, Graham wasn't up to his usual standard in the early rounds with personnel changes wreaking havoc with his combinations.
The loss of left-side partner James Maloney in particular meant he had to go back to the drawing board.
As well, injuries to key position players dented the Sharks' cohesion.
But he said there was a feeling everything was starting to come together for the 2016 premiers, pointing to their recent run of five-straight wins.
"It is hard. The game is hard enough as it is without having those disruptions," Graham said.
"It's a part of the game, though. You've got to try hard and put the wins on the board while you're looking for that fluency and consistency.
"If we can get blocks of footy together - three or four games - we've only just scratched the surface of what we'd like to develop into."