Tate putting in the hard yards
BRENT Tate is on the brink of passing a significant milestone in hi s r e c o v e r y f r o m a s e a s o n crippling injury.
Tate, 28, injured his knee for the third time in his decorated career in last year’s Four Nations grand final and many pundits wondered whether the former Brisbane Bronco and New Zealand Warrior would ever return to the NRL again.
For a while Tate was immobilised and using crutches, but progress was quick enough for the representative centre to be walking comfortably about the end of January. Now he is about to start running on his healing knee.
‘‘ I’m going to see Peter Myers, my surgeon, on Thursday and hopefully he’ll give me the go ahead to start running. I’m due to start running in the next couple of weeks so that’ll basically just entail running on a treadmill and then building my way up to running outside,’’ Tate said.
‘‘ I’m doing a lot more weightwise on it. I’m doing leg weights three days a week at the moment and I’ve just started doing a little bit of road cycling as well.
‘‘ So it’s all starting to ramp up a bit now. I’m past that threemonth mark and running is a huge milestone obviously and hopefully I’ll get the green light for that.
‘‘ It’s basically just a check-up anyway and it happens to be around this time.’’
Tate’s well-known work ethic has been applied in spades in his battle to return to NRL footy and he admits the hectic rehabilitation regime leaves little time for offfield duties with the club.
‘‘ To be honest I’ve been that flat out with the training that I don’t have that much time to do anything else. It’s pretty full-on and it will be staying that way for the next couple of months,’’ he said.
‘‘ I like it that way and I’ve obviously got to do the work now so that when I come back playing and playing at a decent level.’’
Tate travelled with the team for their pre-season trip to Darwin a n d Al i c e S p r i n g s a n d a l s o watched from the sidelines as the Cowboys went down to the Gold Coast Titans 24-22 in their final trial game of the year.
Beaten on the buzzer by a Scott Prince conversion, Tate said the Cowboys probably deserved a result in the lead up to Friday’s season opener against his former club.
‘‘ I got a heap of confidence out of it. We were really good on the night and I thought we were really unlucky not to win because I think we were in control for most part of that game,’’ he said.
‘‘ Personally, I think as a club we got a huge amount of confidence out of that performance and it’ll put us in a good frame of mind to play the Broncos.
‘‘ But we’re going to have to be competitive up front for Brisbane because that’s their strength. They’ve got a really good forward pack. That’s the challenge for us.’’