The injury-riddled Tom Trbojevic had excessive hopes moments earlier than departing for the USA to see the mastermind behind Latrell Mitchell‘s scintillating resurgence, saying he regarded ahead to returning “a brand new man”.
Trbojevic on Saturday spoke to reporters at Sydney Airport earlier than leaving to see the Philadelphia-based Invoice Knowles, who put Mitchell on the path to shining in the NRL and World Cup over the back half of 2022.
After struggling the most recent in an extended string of hamstring accidents in December, Trbojevic is about to endure 20 rehabilitation classes with Knowles in two weeks.
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“He is one of many consultants on this discipline; I’ve received quite a lot of confidence,” Trbojevic mentioned.
“You hope to get lots out of it, so you’ll be able to come again, be assured in your self and your physique, that you simply’re doing every thing you’ll be able to to remain on the park and play good footy.”
Trbojevic has managed solely 44 NRL video games within the final 4 seasons, together with seven in 2022.
“I used to be clearly a little bit bit down,” Trbojevic mentioned of December’s damage blow.
“It wasn’t what you needed.
“I used to be actually having fun with coaching again in pre-season.
“Wasn’t good, however I’ve moved on from that, and now I am within the technique of getting myself proper and getting again to taking part in footy.
“Being down’s solely going to get you to this point.”
Within the first week of the 12 months, Ryan Papenyhuyzen headed to the US to see Knowles about his horrible knee damage, so there is a excessive probability Trbojevic will cross paths with the Melbourne Storm speedster throughout his journey.
“I feel quite a lot of it is to do with reconditioning your physique and rewiring it to maneuver higher, to place much less stress in your (hamstrings) and different areas of your physique,” Trbojevic mentioned.
“I feel within the quick time period it is about positively shifting higher, however hopefully that has a long-term impact and may present within the park for nonetheless lengthy.”
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