Trbojevic aiming to play NRL season opener

Jake Trbojevic is hoping to recover from shoulder surgery in time to play round one next season

Manly star Jake Trbojevic is pushing back on a recovery timeline in order to be fit to take the field in round 1 of the NRL season.

The Kangaroos lock underwent a shoulder reconstruction in November and was given a return date a few weeks into the 2020 season.

However, on Thursday the 25-year-old said he is pushing his physiotherapy as hard as possible to open the season against Melbourne at Lottoland on March 5.

"I had surgery a couple of months ago so hopefully I will get it right for round 1 but if not it will be earlier in the year, so it's going well," he said.

"You want to try and push for round 1 but realistically it might be a little bit later. I'm doing my best and that's all you can do.

"Hopefully I'm there but if not, it's a long season so if I have to miss a couple of games that's the way it goes."

The newly re-signed star visited the Australian cricket team on Thursday ahead of their Sydney Test, where he presented team manager Gavin Dovey with a signed Sea Eagles jersey ahead of his 100th Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.