Blues lock Troy Flavell claims to have left his “bad boy” days behind him.
Flavell arrived back in Auckland on Tuesday having finally completed his commitments with the Toyota club in Japan.
His last Super 12 season with the Blues in 2003, was wrecked by a 12-week suspension for stomping on Chiefs hooker Greg Smith.
“It would probably be fair to say I was no angel back a few year ago,” Flavell told Marc Hinton on xtramsn.co.nz. “Now I’m back I’m looking forward. I want to have a good season with the Blues and obviously the All Blacks thing is in the back of my mind. I know I’ve got to control my aggression and play disciplined rugby, and be on the field playing consistent rugby.”
Flavell hopes that the Super 14 referees he encounters this year will treat him fairly.
“Over the years I’ve been branded with the ‘bad boy’ image,” he said. “I’m going to try and lose that. I realise it’s going to take a while and it’s going to take a lot of convincing as well. [I've got] to convince the public and the media and everyone else. I’ve got goals and I want to achieve them.”
The second rower is expected to make his first Blues appearance against the Reds in Brisbane on 23 February.