James Tamou

Back in training after enjoying his post-Rugby League World Cup break, Toyota Cowboys and Kangaroos front-rower James Tamou has spoken about his strong desire to improve his club form in the 2014 NRL season.

Despite being ranked as one of the best props in the game, Tamou thinks he can do much better for North Queensland and has set that as one of his goals for the New Year.

“I can’t remember too many games where I walked off the field too happy about my performance last year,” Tamou said.

“I definitely need to pick up my performances.

“I have to get out of myself what is expected of me.

“I’ve represented Australia so the players look up to me and expect a bit more and I know last year I’d come off not too happy about myself and my teammates looked at me to see if I was right.

“I didn’t want to be sitting on the couch when I know everyone else is training,” the front-rower said of his early return to training.

“The only thing that’s getting to me at the moment is coming back in the heat.

“I’ve been running around a lot but once I get back into shape I’ll be right.”