Tedesco achieves his goal of full season

There was a time when Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco thought his NRL career might be a short one as repeated knee injuries kept him off the field for the majority of his first three seasons.

But hard work — and a shift in how he takes care of his body — saw Tedesco play in every hit-out this season to clock up 50 NRL games.

It's a milestone Tedesco wasn't sure he would reach.

"I was a bit worried given the first few years I was struggling to get a few games together," he said.

"At the start of this year I had the goal to play every game and to reach 50, it took me a while but I'm really happy.

"It's a great milestone for me. I'll be looking to get 50 straight again to get to 100, that'd be nice."

Now Tedesco is confident his body is past its bad run of injuries.

"I think I've learnt from those past experiences about looking after my body and at training not going 100 miles an hour and trying to conserve myself," he said.

"Obviously my body wasn't fully developed but at this stage I'm happy with my weight and my size and the body feels great."

The fullback's prowess is well known in the NRL.

He's scored 17 tries this season and if the opposition is silly enough to give him space, he makes them pay.

Surely a NSW Origin jersey isn't too far away?

"This year I didn't really have any goals for representative footy but after getting a solid year under my belt this year, hopefully next year.

"We'll see how we go."

Teammates and Origin stars Aaron Woods and Robbie Farah have given Tedesco advice on how to get a sky blue jersey.

"They just tell me to play my natural game and if I keep doing that, hopefully I'll get my chance."

Though 2015 ended with Wests Tigers second-last on the ladder, Tedesco sees plenty of potential in the side made up of so many younger players.

"Obviously with a young team you're going to expect an inconsistent year," he said.

"But we know we're a better side and there's potential to build into next year."

Fans got a glimpse of that potential in Saturday's 32-30 golden-point loss to the Dragons.

Even though the game will be marked in the history books as a loss, the effort of the Wests Tigers to come back from 30-8 down to send the game into golden point is a great sign of what the team can achieve.


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