A fit, rested and determined Todd Goldstein is intent on returning to the heights that saw him claim All Australian honours in 2015.
Not that it's the individual honour he craves - North Melbourne playing finals is his goal - but he knows he can better help the Roos to achieve that goal if he is back at the top of his game.
Goldstein was a key performer as North stormed to a 9-0 start last year, but his influence diminished with the onset of a persistent knee issue.
"I was really happy with my first eight or nine weeks and then the knees started to play up and a few other things," Goldstein said on Fox Footy.
"It was a combination of all of those things and a lack of continuity in my training ... that dropped off a bit and I was pretty disappointed with the last 13 or 14 weeks of the season.
"That's definitely fuelled me in the off-season and I'm looking for a better start this year."
Goldstein missed just one game with the injury. The 28-year-old was determined to contribute however he could - albeit not at the level he would have liked - but a carefully managed pre-season campaign has the star big man poised to reclaim top form.
"The club was nice enough to allow me a bit of a 'de-load' over January and February," he said.
"So the body is feeling really good and the fitness is really good.
"The knees are fine ... I have not had an issue with them at all since the end of last year."
North Melbourne host West Coast at Etihad Stadium in the opening round of the AFL season.