O'Sullivan takes first big steps in rehab

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Sean O'Sullivan says the hardest thing about a long-term rehabilitation is watching your teammates out on the field.

O'Sullivan made his debut for the Broncos last year at halfback and was pressuring to be a weekly starter.

But a hamstring injury and then an ACL tear while playing Intrust Super Cup cut his dreams short.


One of the most difficult outcomes from undergoing a knee reconstruction so late in the year is that you know it will affect next season's progress.

O'Sullivan will not be back playing until at least June.

"The timing of it was shattering and that probably added to me being upset about it," he said.

"Being my third one (knee injury), I was really down in the dumps.

"With other injuries like tearing a hamstring, you know it is a four or five-week injury.

"This one I knew there was a long road ahead of me."

O'Sullivan has been working through his rehab alongside forward Keenan Palasia, who did his knee early in the pre-season.

But at last O'Sullivan is seeing some progress, beginning running on a supported machine last week.

He will soon be doing straight-line running on the field, and will be at last be on the paddock.

They are all steps towards getting back to where he wants to be.

"I got over the little speed hump of feeling sorry for yourself after a couple of months," he said.

"I am just getting stuck into training now with Keenan (Palasia).

"He did his injury a little bit later than me, but we have each other during rehab, which has been awesome.

"I have just started running again - you look for the little things and be grateful for them.

"(Rehab) is just boring conditioning, just on the bike or the skier (machine).

"And you are watching the boys do what they love doing.

"It is a sad time - but it makes you grateful for what you can do where you are out there."
 
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007

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3rd knee at his age?! Poor guy must be cursed no wonder they rehabing until June. Will be good for depth back end of season.
 

kooly87

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His speed and acceleration weren't brilliant to start with. I really hope this hasn't made it worse because that's honestly going to make it pretty difficult for him to crack the NRL either with us or another club in the future.
 

winslow_wong

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Unfortunately I can’t see him getting back to first grade unless there was something dire with injuries.
 

kooly87

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Unfortunately I can’t see him getting back to first grade unless there was something dire with injuries.
Yeah, for us that's probably true. Whether another club would take him is a really different prospect though. I think his chances there are actually pretty good.
 

winslow_wong

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Yeah, for us that's probably true. Whether another club would take him is a really different prospect though. I think his chances there are actually pretty good.
You’re right. I did mean it’d be hard for him to get a run at the broncos. He seems like he has the ability and smarts to be a successful half but he really needs to get some more pace. I’m not sure he’ll find it with his dodgy knees but I really hope he does.
 

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You’re right. I did mean it’d be hard for him to get a run at the broncos. He seems like he has the ability and smarts to be a successful half but he really needs to get some more pace. I’m not sure he’ll find it with his dodgy knees but I really hope he does.
I think there was a rumour that the Cowboys were interested in him before he did his knee.
 

kooly87

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I think there was a rumour that the Cowboys were interested in him before he did his knee.
With Morgan, Clifford and Drinkwater they realistically have too many Halves already. I'm not sure how long Blake green is planning to play on after this season but honestly the Warriors could do worse than to look at O'Sullivan as a potential replacement for Green.
 

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