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COW­BOYS half Michael Mor­gan is look­ing for­ward to a long and hard pre- sea­son.

The soon- to- be mar­ried footy star hopes to re­turn to peak fit­ness af­ter his sea­so­nend­ing bi­ceps tear in June.

“It’s been a lit­tle while since I’ve had a full pre- sea­son, so I’m ac­tu­ally look­ing for­ward to it, as hard as it will be,” said Mor­gan ( pic­tured).

“I won’t do any con­tact work the first cou­ple of weeks back, but I’ll be do­ing it be­fore Christ­mas for sure.

“I’m ac­tu­ally look­ing for­ward to it, as hard as it will be. I’m hop­ing to get back to my peak fit­ness.”

A switch- up within the Cow­boys, in­clud­ing the loss of Johnathan Thurston and the sign­ing of Dally M- win­ning full­back Ben Barba, means the play­ers will be work­ing on forg­ing a new team dy­namic be­fore Christ­mas.

“Lead­ing up to Christ­mas, it’ll be about ev­ery­one be­com­ing the one group, and af­ter that, it’ll be about how we are go­ing to play footy next year,” Mor­gan said. The 26- year- old Queens­land Ori­gin star has a full sched­ule prior to his Novem­ber 12 re­turn, in­clud­ing an up­com­ing wed­ding to long­time girl­friend Bri­anna O’Toole be­fore jet­ting off on a hol­i­day.

Con­ced­ing he’d been “pack­ing on the pounds” in the off- sea­son, Mor­gan said he’d been do­ing some light train­ing in prepa­ra­tion.

“Even through the off sea­son while I’ ve been do­ing a bit of train­ing, I’ve been track­ing it on my phone,” he said. “I used to have a Fitbit, and I think it helps cre­ate and achieve goals. “I re­mem­ber when I had my watch, my goal was 15,000 steps a day and when I had com­pleted it, I felt like I had achieved some­thing that day.”

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