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Dale Copley’s 2019 season is over with the 28-year-old Titans outside back today heading in for a shoulder reconstruction that will see him in rehabilitation for at least the next three months.

While a hamstring injury has kept the Aspley junior sidelined in recent weeks, Copley has been playing with a shoulder concern since the early part of the year with the decision made late last week to have a reconstruction in readiness for season 2020.

“It’s disappointing with the year being done due to the hamstring,” Copley said.

“I’ve been carrying a bit of a shoulder injury throughout the year, and it was time to have a look at what was going on with it.

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“I’m going to have it done and I’ll now have a lengthy (rehab) process ahead of me.”

The Titans’ leading try-scorer is no stranger to the rehab after shoulder surgery.

“I’ve had it done on my other shoulder twice, but this one is on my left,” he said.

“I’m a left-hander, so some daily chores will be avoided at the start. I should be ok after the first six weeks.

“I’ve got a few tears in my rotator cuff.

“It’ll be a slow process over the first three months, but I should be into everything by mid-December.

“I’ll do all the running in November and then increase the contact side of things (before Christmas).”

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With new Head Coach Justin Holbrook to arrive for the 2020 pre-season, Copley is well aware of the need to make a positive early impression.

“I have worked with Justin before, and I’m looking forward to him getting here,” Copley said.

“It’s always a bit of an anxious time when a new coach comes in, and while I’ll have to sit out the contact drills which will be frustrating, I’ll be able to be part of the main group in December.”

Acknowledgement of Country

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