Fen­som pushes on while those around him fal­ter

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

BRIS­BANE play­ers have dropped like flies dur­ing a steamy train­ing ses­sion, but tough new­comer Shaun Fen­som was left stand­ing.

Dar­ius Boyd, Joe Ofa­hen­gaue and rugby union re­cruit Izaia Perese all limped off with nig­gles dur­ing yes­ter­day morn­ing’s two-hour stint at Red Hill, while a head knock also forced rookie for­ward Tom Fle­gler to the side­lines.

Hard-nosed for­ward Fen­som has been im­pressed with the club’s work ethic un­der new coach An­thony Sei­bold since ar­riv­ing from North Queens­land, where he spent two sea­sons.

“It’s a nice, high in­ten­sity, train­ing above game level so when we come to round one we’ll knock it out eas­ier than we would oth­er­wise,” Fen­som said. “It’s pretty phys­i­cal and bru­tal, but that’s pro­fes­sional sport.”

Fen­som has tried to play through a lac­er­ated kid­ney and dis­lo­cated el­bow as an NRL player, while he gave the thumbs up and later apol­o­gised af­ter be­ing taken from the field in the 2017 NRL grand fi­nal with a bro­ken leg.

Back to full fit­ness, the 30year-old has been picked up by Bris­bane to add ex­pe­ri­ence since the de­par­ture of Sam Thai­day.

But Fen­som wants to be more than just a men­tor to the young for­wards who have im­pressed him so far.

“l love help­ing out the young fel­las and where I can I will; I’m a bit hum­bled to think that’s why I’m here,” he said.

“But if I wasn’t se­ri­ous I wouldn’t be here – I will be do­ing ev­ery­thing I can to get that jersey.”

Fen­som – a 174-game NRL player – made his first-grade de­but with the Raiders in 2009 and was the club’s player of the year in 2011 and 2012.

He was a mem­ber of the Bron­cos’ tal­ent squad in 2005.

Shaun Fen­som sol­diers on through the pain at Bron­cos train­ing.

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