Maguire confirms good news regarding Lawrence's injury

@tiger_scott

“If the building continues, it may be hard to swap Lawrence back into the team”.

I needed a good laugh - the hardest part getting him back into the team would be sharpening the pencil to write his name down.

@mike said in Maguire confirms good news regarding Lawrence's injury:

That’s awesome news.

Yes it is - Good luck Chris😃

I certainly would not replace Rowdy for Mcqueen why because McQueen is consistent every week not like others … bring in Rowdy for one of those that is how you get consistency weekly the players that can produce it …Not a hard decision for the coach actually.

I want him to retire honestly. He’s already a legend in my eyes.

@Russell said in Maguire confirms good news regarding Lawrence's injury:

@tiger_scott

“If the building continues, it may be hard to swap Lawrence back into the team”.

I needed a good laugh - the hardest part getting him back into the team would be sharpening the pencil to write his name down.

Do you have any idea how hard it is both mentally and physically to come back from that sort of injury? RCG and Mansour are shadows of their former self and getting worse. He will need to come back through CC. It would be completely unfair to him to throw him straight back into the team.

And for what it’s worth, McQueen and Matterson have both been playing well so it’s not like we need to rush him back in as a matter of urgency.

1st bloke picked when fit…

i think he’s a straight swap for Chee-kam on the bench for quite a few weeks till he can claim the starting spot over Mcqueen.

@Russell This wasn’t disparaging Rowdy, he’s one of my all-time favourite players, this was acknowledging how well I think McQueen is going, especially his combination with Brooks. Happy to have both in the team, with one or the other taking the bench 2RF role.

Lawrence reflects on rollercoaster road to recovery
Author
Caitlyn Grant
Timestamp
Wed 22 May 2019, 03:50 PM

Wests Tigers forward Chris Lawrence says he’s put in all the preparation needed to make a return to the side after missing the entirety of the 2019 season so far with a devastating injury.

Off the back of an almost-innocuous head clash with a teammate in New Zealand, Lawrence broke several bones in his face — the severity of which took several days to diagnose for surgeons due to the remarkable nature of the collision.

With no clear timetable for his return in the early months, the 30-year-old has made a remarkable recovery to be in contention to return in as little as three weeks’ time.

Fronting the media today for the first time since his injury, Lawrence spoke honestly about the struggles in his recovery but also his determination to return.

“It really hasn’t been the best start to the year for me,” he said. "But now, getting to the back end of the recovery, you can see some light at the end of the tunnel.

"I’m really looking forward to getting back and playing some footy soon.

“My injuries were likened to a car accident. A couple of surgeons that I saw really hadn’t seen anything like it in rugby league, and that put the recovery in a bit of limbo because I didn’t really know how long until I was going to be back.

“It was a week-by-week proposition — seeing the surgeons and specialists each week — ticking the boxes and now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.”

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Been a tough few months, but slowly on the mend. The support of family and friends has been amazing, can’t wait to get back out on the field!!

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With seven weeks of recovery at home — unable to train or get his heart rate up as he waited for his face to heal — Lawrence’s recovery was far from simple.

It’s almost remarkable to see him back now, ripping in during contact drills, given the length of time the veteran forward had away from the training field all together.

“Having to get my weight and fitness up in the past few weeks has been another mini pre-season for me,” Lawrence reflected. "It’s been a big task to get back and to go through all that by myself, but once I do, it will be a big achievement for me.

“I’ve actually got quite a number of plates in my face — it’s possibly stronger than it was before," he laughed. “That’s one thing I wanted to make sure is that I wouldn’t be adding any more risk or potential for further injury. The doctors and surgeons reassured me my face was as strong, if not stronger than before.”

“That’s footy you run across that line each and every week knowing there’s a chance you could be injured.”

Chris Lawrence
One of the club’s longest-serving players with 227 games for Wests Tigers to his name, the 29-year-old conceded there were some initial fears he’d played his last game for the club but was quickly reassured by medical staff about his return.

“Probably straight away, I did think about it,” Lawrence admitted.

"When those first few days after the injury unravelled and we found out how severe it was and how many bones I’d fractured, it was something that was there.

"I’d always said that if I was advised by a surgeon that I shouldn’t go back out there or that there’d be further injury then that would make my decision easier.

“But they reassured me from the get-go that once I got surgery there would be no ill effects and that gave me the all clear that I could get back on the field.”

The rollercoaster road to recovery is almost now over for Lawrence, who is eyeing off a return to the field following the club’s Round 12 bye.

“I don’t have an exact date yet but I am hoping it’s not long after the bye,” he said.

"Maybe the week or two after it but I’m not too sure. I’m at the back end of my rehab where I’m getting in to contact so I’ve got to tick a number of boxes there.

"Once myself, the coaching staff and training staff are happy, I’ll get back out there.

“Someone like Ronnie Palmer has been good — he’s basically been my own personal trainer for the last six weeks with how much time we’ve spent together.

"He’s got plenty of one-liners and motivational quotes to get you going.

“He’s been great and all the training and medical staff here have too. They’ve made this process of getting back in to playing a whole lot easier.”

okay so here is the thing… i only just realised Lawrence is 29…

WHY DOES HE LOOK LIKE HE IS IN HIS LATE 30’S 😄

@TheDaBoss said in Maguire confirms good news regarding Lawrence's injury:

okay so here is the thing… i only just realised Lawrence is 29…

WHY DOES HE LOOK LIKE HE IS IN HIS LATE 30’S 😄

Because he’s just had his face smashed in?

I always thought Rowdy was rather baby-faced.

@TheDaBoss said in Maguire confirms good news regarding Lawrence's injury:

okay so here is the thing… i only just realised Lawrence is 29…

WHY DOES HE LOOK LIKE HE IS IN HIS LATE 30’S 😄

Generally the same with most footballers imo. Cam Smith and Gallen look like they’re in their 40’s!

No guys in Gallens case you are mistaking age for IQ

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