Big Parcell at Jets pre-season training

Matt Parcell is preparing for the upcoming Jets season.
Matt Parcell is preparing for the upcoming Jets season. Sarah Harvey

MATT Parcell has returned bigger and stronger to the Ipswich Jets this season.

The rookie-of-the-year in 2012 has gained 8kg since the end of the 2012 season, thanks to diet and gym work.

"I've been eating really healthy and going to the gym all the time," the 20-year-old said. "Eating sweet potato, plenty of complex carbohydrates and good protein."

Both Matt and younger brother Sam have enjoyed the high standards being enforced at Jets pre-season training.

"It's really good," Matt said. "We need to be (pushed hard)."

"Enjoyable," was Sam's take.

Matt found his niche in the top grade last year as an interchange replacement for starting rake Michael Fisher.

"I want to improve on last year and be as good as I can in the Queensland Cup," he said.

"And keep improving."

It is a compliment that, by the end of the season, there was no discernable difference in the Jets' attack when he replaced Fisher, one of the team's most underrated players.

Fisher set the bar Matt aspires to reach in 2013.

"Just his work ethic and work rate (are what impress most)," he said.

"I watch him in the first 20 minutes of a game and know I have to go flat out and hard.

"I watch him in the first 20 minutes of a game and know I have to go flat out and hard.

"My main goal is to back up more - my support play."

While equally able to play in the back-row or even the back line, Matt's favourite position remains hooker.

"It depends on the opportunity," he said of where he'd like to play.

"But I like number nine (hooker).

"That's my favourite spot."

Sam has recognised his kicking game is an area he has to work on if he is to guide the Queensland Cup team around from five-eighth.

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