DARIUS Boyd says he has dealt with the depression that forced him to miss the last two months of the 2014 NRL season, and is excited about returning to where his career started at the Broncos.
Usually uncomfortable in the spotlight, Boyd looked relaxed as he fronted the media at Brisbane's Red Hill headquarters yesterday, alongside the only man who has coached him in the NRL, Wayne Bennett (pictured with Boyd).
The representative fullback made his debut as an 18-year-old under Bennett at the Broncos in 2006, and followed the master coach to St George-Illawarra - where he won a premiership in 2010 - and then to Newcastle.
"I am excited. It is something I never thought would happen," he said when asked what it felt like to be back where it all started.
"I'm looking forward to a new chapter and a fresh start. Brisbane is a great place to do that - it's home to me."
The 27-year-old acknowledged he would be under pressure to perform after the club released Josh Hoffman and Ben Barba to fit Boyd under the salary cap. The Queensland State of Origin player has reportedly signed a $1.2 million deal over three years.
He said he had taken steps to deal with his mental issues, including checking into a mental health facility.
"I have sorted out a few family things, ways I can handle things in situations," he said.
"I learned a lot when I went away to the clinic."