Pumped up for Manly may­hem

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

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.

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

TOP GUNS: Gavin Cooper and Johnathan Thurston at train­ing yesterday

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