It's the middle of January and instead of being in the deep end of a pool, you're deep in training in western Sydney's scorching heat.
This is not any usual training session.
This training session is all about learning the art of five-eighth.
In your corner is former NSW No. 6 Trent Barrett to show you the ropes.
Enter countless ball drills, kicking tasks and numerous chats about how to guide a footy team around.
Finally, the moment had arrived to make the jersey your own.
Game one went OK. Game two: not so well. A pectoral muscle injury meant your season is over.
Or was it?
Welcome to Lachlan Coote's season 2013. A story of hope, frustration and optimism.
In an ironic twist the fullback-turned-five-eighth made his return to the Panthers team in the No. 1 jumper a fortnight ago.
It's no fluke Coote made it back to the field earlier than expected.
"It took a lot of hard work," said Coote, who has again been named to play fullback against Brisbane this week.
"It was frustrating. I had never been more excited to start a season especially in a new position and it was a great chance to play No. 6 but it wasn't to be with the injury.
"I just put all my effort into making it back on the field as quickly as possible."
One game for Windsor was it all took for Ivan Cleary to know Coote was right to go in the NRL. It was one very nervous game for Coote.
"I was probably more nervous for that game than my return to the NRL. Just making that first tackle was a relief," he said. "I was happy Ivan gave me a chance after only one game and I want to finish the season on a strong note wherever I am on the field."
One thing the 23-year-old learnt he is not a good spectator.
Not able to help the team when they were down. Not able to be part of the celebrations when the team won.
It spurred him on during the cold morning training sessions and endless recovery sessions.
"It was just whole lot of frustration. It was good to see the boys win but I wanted to be out there and it just made me work harder," he said.