Eastwood, who made his return to training yesterday, was a member of the New Zealand side that won the Four Nations, and was only expected to return to training next week, but he’s eager to get the ball rolling and showed up a week early for training in time for the 3 day trip.
â€œIt’s good to be back,â€ Eastwood said. â€œIâ€™ve been really looking forward to coming back. I turned up to training this morning and met all the boys; it was a good start.â€
Eastwood, who played for ESL club Leeds Rhinos in season 2010, was at the Bulldogs in the 2009 season, and he had a stint with the Brisbane Broncos before that.
Eastwood has also said that he is very eager to play with the Bulldogs players, both the old and the new recruits.
â€œI met all the new boys today and they all seem really good,â€ he said. â€œTo have Frank there, itâ€™s a bonus.
â€œI sort of helped to get him across. Playing footy with him in the Kiwis I know how he plays; heâ€™s going to be a real asset to the team next year.â€
Eastwood was also one of the stand-outs for New Zealand in their Four Nations glory, as NZ were simply too strong in the final at Suncorp Stadium.
Eastwood believes however that there is always room for improvement, and that he is no exception.
â€œI can still improve, I believe,â€ Eastwood says. â€œThe Bulldogs are going to really help â€“ Kev and Lobby (head trainer Tony Grimaldi) are going to work me hard over the pre-season, and hopefully it brings out the best in me.
â€œYouâ€™ve got to start preseason some time, Itâ€™ll be good for the next two weeks just to learn a bit more about the players and get a bit more feel of the footy scene and then have a break over Christmas, then back full-time after.
â€œYou know, Iâ€™m really looking forward to it. Iâ€™m excited.â€