HI, it’s Andy here.
This week I’m keeping my fingers and toes firmly crossed that the tortuous early starts and ‘Billy no Mates’ existence may soon be behind me.
As I’m sure many of you will be aware, when you’re part of Greg Brown’s rehabilitation regime getting your beauty sleep is an impossibility.
It’s a case of being at Total Fitness for 7.30am every morning to get down to the programme designed for you to get you back to full fitness, which in my case is recovering from a neck problem.
To be honest, getting to the gym so early can be fairly bearable if you’ve got some of your teammates to keep you company.
But, I’m afraid in my case, it’s just me and GB.
It’s not that I’ve got anything against good old GB – he’s outstanding at his job – it’s just that having a teammate alongside you doing their work at the same time can be a major source of motivation. You can’t underestimate the value of such mutual encouragement.
Until recently, I did have David Fa’alogo with me as he worked on his recovery from his on-going hamstring problem.
He’s still a few weeks behind me in terms of making a full recovery, but the medical staff now appear to have got to the root cause of his problem, with his rehab work taking a different path to mine.
As a result, we now see each other far more infrequently, although when I do it’s good to see him with a smile on his face – that’s the clearest indication progress is being made.
And, as I said, progress is very much my watchword at the moment.
I can now definitely see some light at the end of the tunnel in terms of my recovery, and in the next couple of weeks I hope these early starts and virtual isolation will begin to seem a very distant memory.
SOME people sometimes make you sick!
And this week it’s been Brad Drew.
Don’t get me wrong, we all love Drewy to bits. He’s a great bloke and an outstanding rugby league player.
But don’t you just hate those people who are fantastic at every sport going, and our little Australian friend certainly falls into that particular category.
The other night at Eorl Crabtree’s testimonial Twenty/20 cricket match, Drewy was the star of the show.
With bat in hand he was a class act, making the game look completely effortless.
I think he top scored with 69, with some of the shots he played right out of the top drawer.
But there’s still some doubt over whether cricket is his second best sport, because he’s also an exceptional footballer and golfer. Unbelievable!