It was back injuries in 2006 and 2007 that had at one stage, threatened to end Mini’s career, and looking back on it, he believes that he could have handled the injuries and the situation better.
“You’d love to know what you know now, back then, but it doesn’t happen like that does it?” Minichiello said.
“But I’ve got no regrets, it’s all good.”
In order to stay in top shape, Mini follows a strict routine of training and stretching, with the view of having one of his best seasons in a while in 2011, as well as negotiating a new deal with the Roosters.
“It’s morning and night, that’s the routine. Before I go to bed and when I wake up, just a half hour stretch that covers everything and keeps me ready to go,” he added.
“The stretching is only something I’ve done after the back injury – after injuries you tend to work these things out, that’s the way life runs I think.
“(So) the body is feeling unreal, it’s just feels great now … I’m looking forward to a really big season.
“Last year was a little bit of the unknown, I hadn’t played a full season in a long time and to have that season under my belt gives me really good confidence there to really play some high quality football and start well and be consistent.”
Mini will also be a key player in giving the younger kids the confidence, as well as helping them deal with whatever pressure they may be faced with this year.
“Last year’s success doesn’t mean it will just come around again, we’ve got to workhard and keep up what we’ve been doing so we can keep our form,” he said.