The NRL can be a cruel world when it comes to injury at times, and one player who has learnt that the hard way over the last two years, is North Queensland Cowboys young back-rower Tariq Sims – who has suffered two shocking leg breaks, in the past two seasons.
As the 2013 pre-season approaches, the talented back-rower, who at one stage, was touted as a bolter for the NSW Origin side, will look to put all past injuries behind him, and is eager to get stuck into training at the club.
Suffering two lower leg fractures in consecutive seasons on the same leg, Sims had a rod and four pins inserted into his leg that meant recovery time was faster, as he looks to regain his spot in the Cowboys side.
“It's a completely different feeling to when I did it the first time,” Sims said.
“It was just as bad as the last one. I broke both the bones in the exact same spot. It was just because I had surgery this time, and the way that the surgery went and how it holds the bone together, it is just a lot stronger and I had a lot less down time out of training.”
Whilst some would suggest that cons
ecutive injuries of the same ilk would mess with the mental toughness for Sims, the young back-rower says he has no intention of paying attention to that.
“I don't know how many ladders or black cats that I've seen, but I'm sick of seeing them,” Sims said.
“It was a freak accident, I can't complain. I've always put a positive spin on everything and I'm not going to change my attitude now.
“All I can say is bring on 2013 and I cannot wait.”
With his ambition, spirit and drive never waning, despite the two horrific injuries, for Sims, he just has one thing his mind – playing footy.
“The nerves don't really bother me, I'm just eager. I just cannot wait to get out there and play football,” he said.
Following their controversial exit in the finals series this year, Sims said that the club is past the incident, and will look towards 2013.
“That's the beauty of our game, there's always next year,” Sims said.
“I'm not going to comment on what happened, but we're going to put that behind us and we've all banded together and I think it's made us even stronger and just the belief we've got at this club is unbelievable.”