It feels like a fresh start and the weight of the world's off Curtis Scott's shoulders.
Not surprising given the horrific start the 23-year-old had to his Canberra Raiders career.
Now he feels like he can get back to his best and was looking forward to playing football again after recovering from a broken leg.
His sights were set on playing in the Raiders' pre-season trial against the Sydney Roosters at Seiffert Oval next Saturday.
Scott's put the unlawful - and disturbingly violent - arrest at the hands of the NSW Police behind him as his lawyer moves closer to starting proceedings against them.
The Raiders centre understandably struggled to deal with being tasered and pepper sprayed by police following Australia Day celebrations last year.
But with his name cleared, along with the anxiety he suffered, he's excited about the 2021 NRL season.
"It's definitely a fresh start and a weight off the shoulders. I feel like, not a different person, but not carrying around such a burden in my head all the time," Scott said.
"It's good just coming in with a clear mind at training and not having to worry about X, Y and Z - you can just focus on your job and your role in the team.
"I find this pre-season I've managed to do that much better than last and I think it's bringing out the best in my training and putting things in place to perform at my best again."
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Despite all the drama, Scott still managed 13 games in his first season with the Green Machine - until his year was cut short by a broken leg suffered against Canterbury in round 16.
That's completely healed now.
"The leg's good ... I did the full pre-season. I broke it about four weeks before the semis and I had a fair stint off," Scott said.
"I got back into running two week's before Christmas so I've been cracking on since then."
While he's back to full fitness and mental health, he can feel the Raiders' young group of outside backs breathing down his neck.
Semi Valemei, Matt Timoko and Harley Smith-Shields took steps at the start of their careers last year, while Scott said Sebastian Kris had also impressed during the pre-season.
If he does lock down one of the centre spots, Scott didn't want to give away too much about who might be his winger.
The Raiders have Jordan Rapana, Bailey Simonsson (shoulder) returning from injury, Valemei and recruit Caleb Aekins as options.
"It's just good having people around you pushing you, keeping you honest, because that's what you need in this squad.
"And if you want to go deep into the year that's what you need throughout a whole squad and team."
Scott said co-captain Jarrod Croker (shoulder) had returned to training and was looking a chance for round one against the Wests Tigers at Canberra Stadium on March 14.
"Hopefully. He's just got back into full training and he's been training well out there on the left side," he said.
"Just looking forward to seeing him back. It wouldn't be easy coming back from a shoulder and he's been training hard off the field.
"Hopefully we can see him out there sooner rather than later."
NRL PRE-SEASON TRIAL
February 27: Canberra Raiders v Sydney Roosters at Seiffert Oval, 4pm.