Ryles needs another round of

St George Illawarra's former Test prop Jason Ryles must undergo a second shoulder operation in four months but is hopeful of being fit for the start of the 2004 National Rugby League season next March.

Ryles has been told he needs an operation as soon as possible to repair nerve damage now that his shoulder reconstruction in July has progressed so well.

The 24-year-old says the shoulder he injured during last year's State of Origin series does not cast any doubt over his playing future.