“Whether I require surgery or not, it’s not going to impact round one next year.”
And with that, collective Titans fans breathe a sigh of relief.
AJ Brimson will find out this week whether he will need surgery on the foot he injured in a stellar State of Origin debut for Queensland in game one.
“I’m hoping when I get my next scan it shows signs of stability and signs of healing so that I won’t require surgery,” Brimson said.
“I’ve done a bit of ligament sprain damage and a little bit of bone chipping in my Lisfranc in the top of my foot.”
Brimson says no matter what the outcome (surgery or not), he expects to join his Titans team-mates for pre-season.
“I think I’ll have a lot of time before then (round one) to still get ready for the season.”
“Next year will be sweet.”
While he’ll miss the remaining two State of Origin games, Brimson showed in 80 minutes why his name will likely be on Queensland team sheets for years to come.
With a stunning try and a solid performance for the Maroons, Brimson says he can’t wait to get back into the Origin arena next season.
“I got shivers down my spine,” he said.
“You couldn’t take the smile off my face.
“My mum and her partner who have been supportive of me throughout my whole career and my best mate and his parents flew down to Adelaide for the week and I got to chat to them after the game and it was good to see them there.”
On field, it was his good mate and Titans team-mate who helped ease the debut nerves.
“To have Phil (Sami) there was awesome,” Brimson said.
“I didn’t think he was playing until an hour before kickoff, so when I found out he was playing it made me feel a lot more comfortable because obviously I’ve played a lot of footy with him.
“We help each other with our nerves, we have a laugh and that sort of stuff, so it was good to run out with him.
Another Titans team-mate, Moeaki Fotuaika, will make his Origin debut for Queensland in game two.
“He definitely deserves it,” Brimson said.
Having experienced the same thing just a week ago, he says he knows how the Gold Coast forward will be feeling.
“The next couple of days, Wayne is big on not overplaying the game in your head, so I think he will just be sticking to his routine and pretty chilled but when he gets on the field he will be a different beast.”