Returning Titans forward Ryan James has revealed he has only three sessions remaining before – hopefully – getting the all-clear to return to full training at the start of 2020.
James has not taken to the playing field since Round 6, when his knee buckled in the win over Newcastle at Cbus Super Stadium, and his diligent and positive approach to rehabilitation has helped accelerate his return to the training field.
“I think I’m about three sessions off from ticking all the boxes and being fully ready,” James said.
“I think we’ll head to the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport), where they run some testing and evaluate where you’re at.”
The Bilambil junior was today representing the Indigenous All-Stars at Cbus Super Stadium ahead of the 22 February fixture against the New Zealand Maori All-Stars, which could be his first game back from the knee reconstruction
“I’m probably too slow for the Nines,” James said of the reduced-format tournament being held one week earlier in Perth.
“(All-Stars) could be my first game back, but it’ll be up to Justin (Holbrook, Titans coach), so we see how it goes.”
James said he would be raring to go if he gets the call-up from All-Stars selectors.
“Yeah, it’s be great. We’re always short on front rowers,” he said.
“We’ve always got a lot of outside backs playing out wide.”