Penrith superstar Matt Moylan has revealed he will have to manage the devastating ankle injury he suffered last season for the rest of his career as he prepares to return to the fullback spot he made his own.
Moylan's 2015 season was cut short after he suffered severe ligament damage to his ankle in late May.
The injury has continued to disrupt the 24-year-old's pre-season preparation for 2016.
"I'm just trying to ease into it at the moment. I don't want it to flare up and go backwards," Moylan told AAP.
"I will have to stay on top of it for a while and keep looking after it. It is something that I am always going to have to manage especially throughout next season.
"I want to be playing every week, I don't want to be missing any games because of it.
"It just blows up a bit. It was a pretty big injury, the main problem has been trying to get the swelling out of it."
Moylan had been linked to a move to a frontline playmaking role for Penrith.
However Moylan indicated he was likely to stay at the back in 2016 under new coach Anthony Griffin.
"At this stage I am pretty sure I am playing fullback and I am looking forward to that," he said.
"But my main focus is just getting the ankle right and getting out there and playing football again."
Moylan is planning on doing just that in the pre-season Auckland Nines.
"I will be right for round one (but) I want to try and play the Nines," he said.
"It feels like a long time since I have played.
"It has been pretty frustrating, but it is a part of footy, you are going to have them (injuries) it is just how you came back from it.