Pumped up for Manly mayhem
WE’RE finally back into training after what seems to be like a very long time, and for me it’s been great to get back into the usual routine.
I’m glad to say my ankle operation was very successful and I’ll be back running tomorrow after I get my stitches removed today.
It feels so much better already and I’m looking forward to running without pain again.
To be honest the thought of running with pain has been in the back of my mind before games this year and there were also thoughts about how it will pull up afterwards.
So to have that bit of stress taken away from me is a welcome relief.
It adds to the excitement I’m feeling ahead of our game at Brookvale Oval on Monday night against a Manly Sea Eagles team who seem to have found a bit of form lately.
They scored a good win last weekend and if they get on a run they might even reach finals, so they will be very pumped for this game and we know this will be a very tough challenge.
Last time we played Manly we got pushed all the way and it was only at the very death that Gavin Cooper got over the line for us, so we don’t want to leave it too late this time and we have to put in an 80- minute performance.
Brookvale is an iconic ground and a very tough place to play for any team, and it’s going to be a pretty cold night down there for us as well.
In saying that we are obviously very pumped up for this game as well and everyone has come back from the bye refreshed and ready to go.
The break for me personally was pretty low- key, and I just made the most of the opportunity to relax after getting back from Brisbane last Friday. It’s very rare to get that kind of break during this time of the year, so it was very well timed and I’m sure the boys got a lot of value from it.
Coops will play his 200th NRL game on Monday and it’s great to see such a professional player reach such an amazing milestone.
Coops is a very valued player in our group and it takes a very professional player to reach 200 games, and he deserves plenty of recognition for the way he’s been playing this year.
TOP GUNS: Gavin Cooper and Johnathan Thurston at training yesterday