Cordner uses injury to mentally reboot


“I’m pretty confident I’ll be OK for this week. Soft-tissue injuries can be a bit temperamental, especially at this time of year. You don’t want any setbacks.

“I’ll get through a full week of training this week and if all goes well hopefully I’ll be able to run out here [SCG] on Sunday. I don’t think there’s any rush, but at the same time I don’t want another week off if I’m fully fit to play.

Boyd Cordner is ready to roll at the SCG on Sunday.Credit:AAP

“That’s what I’m here to do, to play rugby league, and I don’t see the benefit of not playing out there with the team if I’m 100 per cent OK this week.

“I can understand if the club and medical staff are probably erring on the side of caution. If I’m OK to play I will and if I’m not I won’t push it.”

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Robinson did well to manage the workloads of his players last year, and was never afraid to rest some of his biggest names around the Origin period. He has done the same this year, including the latest three-day spell for his players who will train for the first time on Thursday.

Rival coach Nathan Brown just this week spoke about making the mistake of not resting his representative stars as the Knights continue to freefall since Origin III.

Robinson, however, would not have banked on Cordner suffering a calf injury and Friend missing the bulk of this year with an injured shoulder and then broken arm.

Friend, whose season has been limited to just five games, said of his return: “The plan is round 25 if all goes well. That’s six-and-a-half weeks and they said it was six to eight for a break.

“Ideally if I could get a match in [before the finals], even if it’s just for 50 minutes, it’s mainly to get some rhythm back into me instead of coming straight back into a final. Your timing and that sort of thing comes with playing.

“[Souths] is a good match to lead into the finals. I’m a pretty firm believer in tough matches before the finals. I think it sets you up for a good finals series if you can have a good couple of tough games, some tough wins at the back end of the year. Then you roll into the finals with that confidence knowing you can go the distance with the good teams.

“The swelling is still there from the surgery. It’s not painful but you’ve got to let it heal.”

As part of Women In League Round, the Roosters will on Sunday carry the names of the players who represented the club in the inaugural womens’ NRL competition last year.

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