Lawrence vows to return in 2011

After revealing that the final prognosis on his hip injury is better than first thought, Tigers centre Chris Lawrence is confident that he will return this season, to win the premiership.

With fears initially abound that the young centre would be ruled out for the season, Lawrence, 22, is hoping to return as early as July, which gives him around a month to prepare himself for the finals.

Whilst he was cleared of a fracture to his hip, his representative career, at least for NSW is over for 2011, though Lawrence remains adamant that he will return for 2011.

“The doctor was happy with how it is. It’s the best-case scenario,” said Lawrence.

“I haven’t had any break or fracture to the bone so that gives me a good chance of returning this year.

“It’s just a matter of trying to get back on the field for the Tigers this year to try and push for a premiership.

“That’s the goal. To come back with enough time to be right for the finals.”

Lawrence will have to spend the next 6 weeks on crutches, as he has to tread carefully, as to not damage his ligaments and muscles around his hip, as they need to heal in time.

“It was excruciating. Definitely the worst pain I’ve ever felt,” said Lawrence.

Lawrence does admit that at one stage, he feared for the future of his career, but after hearing the recovery of other players who have suffered a similar injury, he knows that hard work is now needed.

“Obviously you get told those sort of things, but I’ve just got to stay positive,” Lawrence said.

“There’s nothing I can really do about it.

“If it does [end my career], it does, but the results from the scans so far have been pretty positive, so all indications are that it won’t be, but I’ve just got to keep working hard at trying to get the strength back into it.”

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