Kenny keen to get back to his best

Townsville Bulletin - - Rugby League -

BRIS­BANE for­ward Nick Kenny has fi­nally won the battle with his body and is ready to re­sume an NRL ca­reer de­railed last sea­son by in­jury.

It will be a tough road back for the 28-year-old as Bris­bane is well stocked with props – headed by Ben Hannant and Sam Thai­day – head­ing into the 2011 sea­son.

But Kenny knows only too well what’s needed af­ter bat­tling his way into Bris­bane’s pack late in the 2005 sea­son.

He’s played an­other 68 games since, a notable ef­fort for some­one who emerged from the Aus­tralian univer­sity sys­tem.

Kenny’s come­back be­gins at Rock­hamp­ton’s Browne Park on Satur­day for the Cen­tral Queens­land Comets against de­fend­ing premiers North Pride.

He ad­mits im­pa­tience got the bet­ter of him in 2010, lim­it­ing him to just 10 games com­ing off an out­stand­ing pre­vi­ous sea­son.

As a qual­i­fied phys­io­ther­a­pist, you’d ex­pect him to know bet­ter than most how to man­age his in­juries.

But he was so driven by his de­sire to play for the Bron­cos it clouded his pro­fes­sional judg­ment.

‘‘ That was the big les­son I learned last year – I’d never re­ally had too much trou­ble with in­juries,’’ Kenny said be­fore his come­back game in his home town of Rock­hamp­ton.

‘‘ I missed a lot of foot­ball be­cause I was im­pa­tient with in­juries and came back too quickly.’’

While Kenny is un­der pres­sure to show coach An­thony Grif­fin he can make an i mpact with hard hit­ting de­fence and the abil­ity to off-load in heavy traf­fic, he won’t be rip­ping into Satur­day’s Queens­land Cup game with that in mind.

‘‘ I’ve just got to play my nat­u­ral game,’’ he said.

‘‘ I had a great year in ’ 09 and was look­ing for­ward to build­ing on that last year but my body let me down.’’

‘‘ I don’t just want to get b a c k t o t he Bron­cos, there’s a lot more. I re­ally want to kick on and reach what I be­lieve my po­ten­tial is, and that starts in Rocky this week­end.’’

Grif­fin has no­ticed the signs.

‘‘ He’s over all his in­juries and you can see he has that hunger about him,’’ said Grif­fin.

C o me t s c a p t a i n I a n Web­ster said Kenny’s re­turn home would give the team a big lift against the premiers.

‘‘ Nick is some­thing of a le­gend in Rocky.’’

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