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Sea Eagles back rower Jesse Sene-Lefao will look to use next month’s trial fixtures against Cronulla and Parramatta as a launching pad into the new season.

The 24-year-old father of two has put an injury-prone 2013 behind him and is willing to make up for lost time with the kick-off to the NRL season fast approaches.

Sene-Lefao has been impressive at training and has enjoyed a full pre-season without injury.

“Pre-season has been really good but really tough at the same time,” Sene-Lefao said.

“I’ve been trying to push for a spot all pre-season, so I’m pretty excited about these trial matches and show the coach what I’ve got.”

The giant forward is hopeful of cementing a place in Geoff Toovey’s 17 in 2014, with the departure of several veteran forwards opening the door for members like Sene-Lefao.

"There’s a few old heads that have gone, which leaves pretty big holes to fill, but I’m very excited to seize the opportunity," He said.

Sene-Lefao and his family recently made the decision to move closer to the club’s training facilities in Narrabeen.

He has a close-knit bond with his two children, and it’s his family who is the biggest drive behind his push for a permanent NRL spot.

"We moved from out west and since we’ve been here it’s been unbelievable," Sene-Lefao said.

"After a tough day they want to go play on the swings and that. It’s something I play for and something I want to succeed at, so my kids have a better life in the future."

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