HALIFAX centre recruit Mike Ratu has tagged 2011 as "an all or nothing" season as he battles to finally fulfil his potential.
The 23 year old, who played for Fax on loan from Leeds in 2008, made a promising return in last weekend's 11-4 loss at Batley and is poised for a second appearance when Fax wrap up their pre season programme against Super League side Hull KR at the Shay tomorrow (3.0).
Ratu was widely regarded as one of the most talented backs of his generation as a teenager; but the Oldham-based threequarter has also faced a constant battle to stay in the kind of physical condition needed to make the most of his ability.
"It's been a question mark for me throughout my career, I am not going to lie about that," he said.
"It's difficult because when you let your fitness slip, it becomes that much harder to get it back.
"It's taken me a long time to be more disciplined with myself, make some right choices and not be half-hearted about it.
"It's a complete package. You can't be 100 per cent in your diet and then not commit to the training, it's right across the board.
"I've worked that out now. If I don't put it in, I might as well not bother at all.
"That's what it is for me this year, all or nothing."
Ratu spent last season with tomorrow's opponents, but made only a handful of top flight appearances before leaving the club at the end of the season.
"I signed for one year at Rovers with an option for this year," said Ratu.
"But Justin Morgan had his plans and I had mine, so we cut ties.
"I haven't burned any bridges so it's no big deal, I'm just looking forward to playing against a good team tomorrow."
Ratu admitted his exit from Craven Park prompted plenty of soul-searching before he finally agreed to rejoin Fax.
"I've had a long think about my future," he said.
"I have put a lot of my life into rugby and there comes a point when you have to think about whether you want to pursue other things.
"But I enjoyed my time here before so this is a great opportunity for me.
"I'm committed to having a big year."