I don’t know if this qualifies as “news” or “optimism” - it would be great if it was the former but there doesn’t seem to be any real evidence. The six months figure at the bottom would be phenomenal if true.
‘I’ll be back’: wounded Tiger says he’ll beat injury
September 4, 2011
INJURY-STRICKEN Wests Tigers forward Simon Dwyer delivers the three words everyone has been hoping to hear. ‘‘I’ll be back.’’
The promising career of the City Origin representative second-rower, according to the man himself, is not over just yet. Of course, there are no guarantees. An injury cloud has hung over him ever since the night he was helped off Campbelltown Stadium against Canterbury in round 16. The 22-year-old suffered a brachial plexus injury, which requires a nerve graft to fix the damage and help him regain full feeling in his right arm.
One of the options Dwyer is considering is a stint at the Mayo Clinic in Texas. The world-renowned medical facility specialises in the treatment of rare diseases and injuries and Dwyer has already been in contact with some of their leading medicos. ‘‘I’ve talked to a lot of doctors in London and Texas to get the best idea of what’s happening,’’ Dwyer said.
‘‘We really haven’t decided anything yet, we’ve got a meeting next week and I’ll know what’s happening then. We’ll weigh up our options and see what happens.’’
Before the injury, Dwyer was rated one of the best young forward prospects in the game. He made his representative debut for City this year and was a member of NSW coach Ricky Stuart’s Blues in Waiting squad. Dwyer’s massive hit on Roosters counterpart Jared Waerea-Hargreaves in last year’s memorable finals clash at the SFS continues to be replayed ad nauseam and is considered one of the best tackles in years. While there are fears he will never play football again, Dwyer remains confident he can return to those lofty heights.
‘‘I’m confident I’ll be back to that level,’’ he said. ‘‘I’d like to think so.’’
The Tigers have been inspired by Dwyer’s courageous battle with the injury. And it seems Dwyer has taken inspiration from the feats of his teammates, who have surged into the finals with a series of stunning wins over the past two months.
‘‘I’m just really happy for the team. I’m still a part of the team and if they’re going good, I’m going good,’’ Dwyer said. ‘‘Tim Sheens has been great, he’s probably been the main person in the club helping me. All the boys are good, they give me a call and see me and I see them around training. I’m always seeing them.’’
The Ingleburn Bulldogs junior has been reluctant to speak publicly until now, but wanted to thank the many supporters who have wished him a speedy recovery.
‘‘I’d like to thank them, they’ve been very supportive,’’ he said. ‘‘Hopefully they can continue to support me when I’m back there.’’
Dwyer, who also paid tribute to his manager, Gavin Orr, said a return in six months would be ‘‘the best-case scenario’’. Orr said he may accompany Dwyer and his father to the US if the trip to the Mayo Clinic went ahead. ‘‘He’s just got to be positive,’’ Orr said.
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