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Greene Ready And Raring For 2019

Presser: Toby Greene on Round 1 Toby Greene talks to the media ahead of the GIANTS' Round 1 clash with the Bombers at Sydney Showgrounds Stadium. He chats about his pre-season and how he's feeling ready for game 1.

Star GIANTS forward Toby Greene insists he'll be unaffected by a new rule drafted in his honour, aimed at stopping players leading with their studs in aerial contests.

Greene was widely condemned for his boot-first marking action after more than one incident in the GIANTS' win over Sydney in last year's elimination final at the SCG.

It came just over a year after the GIANTS gun was fined for misconduct, after he launched himself at a loose ball and his extended right leg left then-Western Bulldog Luke Dahlhaus bleeding from the face.

The 2016 GIANTS club champion and Virgin Australia All Australian's former teammate and Essendon midfielder Devon Smith was penalised in last week's JLT Community Series clash against Geelong for a similar action.

He was the first player to give a free kick away since the new rule was introduced in December.

Greene said on Friday that he's unfazed by the 'Toby Greene rule', but admits he's adjusted certain aspects of his game since.

"I've stopped kicking (GIANTS NEAFL coach) Adam Schneider at training so he's pretty happy about that," Greene said with a laugh.

"It's pretty good (getting a rule named after you), I'll be telling the grandkids that’s for sure, so good on you Gillon (McLachlan)."

Greene said the media attention surrounding his actions against the Swans last year was "all part of it", but he has no problem with the AFL's stance.

"It's something I've done since I was a little kid but now that they've changed the rule I guess I have to stop now," he said.

"It probably didn't look too good and there was a bit of fanfare about it, so I guess they had to change it.

"I'll have to change and the boys around the competition will have to change, but I don't think it'll affect me in any way.

"It's just something I have to be aware of."

Greene's 2018 season was ruined by a hamstring injury and a serious foot problem after he missed most of the summer while recovering from a broken toe.

He made it back for the JLT Community Series and starred in the season opener against the Western Bulldogs, but managed just eight more games as his body struggled with the lack of preparation.

The 25-year-old's 2019 pre-season was eerily similar after he had ankle surgery in November and only managed to play one JLT match, but Greene said his rehabilitation was far superior to last.

"The build-up has been a lot different, I've done a good eight weeks of training now, so I'm very confident in my fitness and my ability to perform," he said.

"Last year was more like a one-week pre-season.

"It's been good to get some continuity over the last eight weeks and I'm extremely confident with where I'm at.

"I felt better than what I thought I would (last week), it's always a blow in that first quarter back, but I felt really good."

The GIANTS will play an intra-club game on Saturday with star onballer Josh Kelly and fellow midfielder Jacob Hopper set to take part after both missed the JLT community Series with soreness.

The GIANTS expect both to be fit for the club's round one clash with the Bombers.