Tom Trbojevic was spared going to Melbourne in the off-season but will follow the same strict training regimen implemented by top hamstring specialist in the hope of enjoying a second successive injury-free campaign.
Trbojevic last summer headed south to work with David Opar, the respected expert who has worked with NRL and AFL stars, and who earlier this year received a bumper $4 million grant from the NFL to further investigate ways to prevent and treat hamstring injuries.
Manly’s pin-up was required to complete about half a dozen sprints at more than 90 per cent intensity in the new year and every week during the season. If ‘Turbo’ had a rare quiet game with just a few runs, he would be required to complete a few extra sprints the following week.
Trbojevic allowed himself to enjoy a proper off-season this time around, and said there would be no dramas starting from scratch with his hamstrings once he returns to Sea Eagles’ training on January 6.
Manly fans know if Trbojevic remains on the field in 2022, it could be the difference between failing to reach the finals and winning a premiership.
“I’ve enjoyed a proper break but did little running and nothing with my hamstrings,” Trbojevic told the Herald.
Tom Trbojevic will follow the same strict sprint program devised by the hamstring guru who kept him on the field for most of 2021.Credit:Getty
“I’ll be starting from the bottom in the new year and building my way up with fitness and the sprint program. There will be no dramas there.
“There was talk of me going back to see David in Melbourne, but instead I’ll continue to do a heap of testing with his team without having to head to Melbourne.
“I couldn’t have been more relieved with the way they held up this year. I’ll look to do the same work again and hopefully have the same results.”
Trbojevic was caught up in the Emerging Blues COVID-19 drama this month after he made a cameo with Nathan Cleary to address the young players, and was forced to isolate for a few days. But he was later deemed a casual contact by the NRL and resumed training with Manly last Friday.
Manly, however, were forced to train without several players at the Blues camp – Jason Saab and Haumole Olakau’atu were also at NSWRL’s HQ – then wild storms swept through the northern beaches on Sunday and caused a power outage at the Sea Eagles’ Narrabeen base, forcing the players were forced to train at a commercial gym, before another scare caused the club to start Christmas leave early.
Trbojevic certainly had a year to remember with no shortage of awards, including the Dally M Medal and Wally Lewis Medal for being the best Origin player last year for the victorious Blues.
And while some fans will be wondering if Manly over-achieved in 2021, Trbojevic said it was not the case, and there were a few simple reasons they could go one better and reach the decider.
“Everyone is a year older and they have that experience of playing in big games now,” Trbojevic said.
“The younger guys will only get better and hopefully we can go that step further.”
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