SYDNEY Roosters forward Aidan Guerra admits he is being driven by a disappointing 2016 season, yet stresses: "You can't just wake up one day saying you'll be better.”
Guerra, 29, is determined to revive the form that has resulted in an NRL premiership ring, Australian Test jersey and singing the Maroons team song more times than any New South Welshman would care to know.
"I think people understand that, no matter your occupation, at some point you're going to have a bad year,” Guerra said.
"So now the pressure is on me to make sure it's just that - one bad year.
"And I'm relishing that opportunity. It's helped me refocus. I mean, it isn't like I can just put my finger on what needs to change because it's a long process.
"For me it started in November and it's not going to end until, hopefully, October. It's something I have to keep working on every week.”
Asked about his key motivator for 2017, Guerra continued: "Last year didn't go to plan for me or the club. And that heartache we felt right through 26 rounds, we've all taken our own lessons from that and come in with something to prove this year.”
Guerra welcomed his first child, daughter Olive Belle, into the world last March and says that, coupled with the support of partner Belinda and Roosters teammates, helped him through the toughest season of his career.
"Not too much went to plan last year, it was tough,” he said of a year that included being dropped.
"But what kept me moving forward was the support at home, my little girl, and the fact everyone at the club was still good to me.”