The injury-riddled Tom Trbojevic had excessive hopes moments earlier than departing for america to see the mastermind behind Latrell Mitchell’s scintillating resurgence, saying he appeared 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 trail to shining within the NRL and World Cup over the again half of 2022.
After struggling the newest in an extended string of hamstring accidents in December, Trbojevic is ready to bear 20 rehabilitation classes with Knowles in two weeks.
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“He is one of many consultants on this area; I’ve acquired lots of confidence,” Trbojevic mentioned.
“You hope to get lots out of it, so you possibly can come again, be assured in your self and your physique, that you just’re doing every thing you possibly can 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.
Final 12 months’s harm woes, and the notorious pleasure jersey saga, have been behind Manly’s horrendous end to the season and the demise of Des Hasler as head coach.
“I used to be clearly a little bit bit down,” Trbojevic mentioned of December’s harm 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 strategy 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 harm, so there is a excessive likelihood Trbojevic will cross paths with the Melbourne Storm speedster throughout his journey.
“I believe lots 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 believe within the brief time period it is about positively transferring higher, however hopefully that has a long-term impact and might present within the park for nevertheless lengthy.”
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