He considered retirement at one stage, and thought that he would not be able to play NRL again after complications with his surgery, but now, in some good news, Eels prop Justin Poore has set the Eels Rd 16 clash, as his return date.
After undergoing the first surgery in October of last year, the NSW prop was forced to undergo another operation, after serious complications arised, as a result of the first one.
”I was walking down the stairs at home and I couldn’t do it,” Poore said.
”I was trying to walk upstairs to get into my bedroom and couldn’t do it. I couldn’t ride a bike. If I ran, I’d have to stay off my leg for two weeks.
”There were two or three days there where I was really stressed, thinking, ‘I’m never going to play again’. Thankfully that’s not the case and I will play again.”
The former St George star admitted that at one stage, he considered himself to be in a bad place, as he just could not do anything, without severe discomfort being felt.
”It was more the shock – I’m a very active person. I run a personal training business, I love surfing,” he said.
”I was thinking, ‘What am I going to do with my life? I can’t run. How am I going to stay fit? How am I going to be active? How am I going to play with the kids?”’
As one of the ambassadors for the Hope Rwanda Charity, Poore is now able to maintain his fitness, by doing weights, and riding a bicycle, and expects to be running within a month, as well as outlining that he expects to be available for selection in 8 months.
”It’s been very frustrating. In saying that, I’m really looking forward to playing again,” he said.
”The time away from the game has made me want to play again. It’s been a blessing in disguise.”
Despite rumours suggesting that Poore wants out of the club, he denies these, and says that he is looking forward to his future at the Eels football club.
”I keep reading that it’s a frustrating time but I’ve really enjoyed the transition,” he said. ”I was happy with my form in the last 15 rounds of last year. It was more of a surprise that we didn’t go as well as we wanted.
”I’ve really enjoyed the club and now that [coaches] Steve Kearney and Brad Arthur are there I’m loving every moment. I look forward to going to training and playing. The boys are training the house down and I really feel for them, we’re just not getting results on the field.
”I’ve never seen a team train harder â€¦ I just want to get on to the park and help them out.”