David Lyons has set his sights on a place in the Australia squad for their upcoming European Tour, insisting his body is now ready for the rigours of international rugby.
The 26-year-old number eight, who has been dogged by a disc problem in his back, did not play for the Wallabies during the summer with the injury also having a profound effect on his Super 14 form with the NSW Waratahs, which was described by critics as too predictable.
However, Lyons, who has played 40 Tests, believes his experience will be a plus for him when selectors meet to pick the 37-man squad for the tour of Europe, which features matches against Wales, Italy, Ireland and Scotland.
"I offer the Wallabies a bit with the experience," Lyons told The Sydney Morning Herald.
"At my best I offer a lot to the Wallabies, but what I realised during my recovery was it’s up to me to get back to my very best and put pressure on the other candidates."
Lyons’ thoughts were echoed by former Wallabies mentor Bob Dwyer.
"I’m sure they’ll (the selectors) want to see David back in action," Dwyer said.
"He’s an effective player. He’s skilful and while he has plenty of experience the selectors are looking for talent, and he certainly has plenty of talent."
Since winning the John Eales Medal in 2004, Lyons, who is contracted to the ARU until after next year’s World Cup, has battled groin and back injuries.
But after some hard work in the gym, the 26-year-old believes he is ready for a recall.
"My body is feeling really good," he said. "My priority was to basically build up my core and back strength, and that’s fine now."