Knee fears haunt Kiwi tough man

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

JARED Waerea- Har­g­reaves may be among the most feared for­wards in the NRL but the Sydney Roost­ers en­forcer is still plagued by doubt.

Doubts on if his knee will fail him again. Waerea-Har­g­reaves is still wor­ried about the knee in­jury which ended his 2015 sea­son pre­ma­turely and plagued his 2016 year.

While he has re­turned to his best this year, the thought of re-rup­tur­ing his an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment has not left him.

“Com­ing back mid­way through last year I was fairly low on con­fi­dence,” WaereaHar­g­reaves said.

“I didn’t know how to han­dle cer­tain things on the footy field. I had a good pre-sea­son and feel like I’m do­ing my job and ex­cited to be play­ing footy.

“There is a re­ally good vibe and it is a good place to be around. It’s re­ally tough (to come back from). I be­lieve these things only make you stronger and a bet­ter ath­lete.”

“(I’m wor­ried about) do­ing it again. You al­ways have that doubt there about re­do­ing your knee. “

As he tries to put those thoughts to one side, WaereaHar­g­reaves is fo­cused on reclaiming his Ki­wis Test jer­sey.

He will line up against a host of po­ten­tial Kiwi team­mates to­day when the Roost­ers play the War­riors.

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