The 30-year-old is poised to return to the paddock in a fortnight, after the campaign was postponed for almost three months due to COVID-19.
Sydney Roosters stalwart Jake Friend and Parramatta prospect Reed Mahoney are expected to be right in the frame for this year’s series.
The Reds – a joint venture formed in 1997 – came close to capturing their first piece of silverware last year.
The ex-Queensland backrower turned commentator expected the 26-year-old to have a bumper season with Wests, capped with representative honours.
The 35-year-old has been in South Africa during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Devils players have been doing individual training programs, ahead of a likely return to group training and possible kick-off.
He was recognised as the Australian Swimming Coaches And Teachers Association open water coach of the year for the second year running.
The Snakes were within reach of their first Sunshine Coast A-grade premiership since 2011, when they let slip a 10-0 lead to lose 28-16.
The four-year-old is geared for the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m), after winning the Group 3 BRC Sprint handicap at Doomben (1000m) a fortnight ago.
The New Zealand all-rounder recently linked with the relatively young team, which is preparing to enter the Katherine Raymond Shield after winning the Queensland second grade for the past two years.