ST HELENS - New Zealand centre Bryson Goodwin is feeling on top of the world after a roller-coaster 18 months in which he recovered from a ruptured spleen to be on the cusp of a World Cup starting spot.
"I'm just really pleased to be back representing New Zealand again," a beaming Goodwin said while speaking at a community meet-and-greet in St Helens.
"I'm trying to make the most of it and have a good time."
In May last year, while playing for Canterbury in the NRL, Goodwin wound up in hospital after a seemingly innocuous tackle.
He was bed-ridden for nearly a month and admits the thought of being in Europe the following year to defend the World Cup was completely off his radar.
"Not this time a year ago," Goodwin said.
"But once I started at Souths and started working with the coaches, they gave me a lot of confidence."
A switch to South Sydney this year and a move into the centres culminated in the rangy back's best season to date, as the Rabbitohs fell one game short of the grand final.