Adam Doueihi reveals ankle pain

New Tigers No. 1 Adam Doueihi is finally back to full fitness.Credit:AAP

Doueihi and Cody Walker were two of Souths’ standouts in the preliminary final loss to Canberra, but few knew the 21-year-old was playing virtually on one leg.

“I started the needles around 13, I was barely training those last few weeks. Some games I’d get re-needled at half-time if I had to,” Doueihi said on Friday.

“It was something I had to do … I hate needles – needles and heights are my two biggest fears.

“Being a young kid like me, and not really having the games behind me or the experience, [you can’t] say to the coach ‘I want a few weeks off’. And I never thought to have a few weeks off. I was probably too scared to not get my position back.

“Wayne was great. There were times I wouldn’t train all week and just rock up game day.

“I had a clean-out, I didn’t have a full pre-season, so the break was a blessing in disguise. I’m back to full fitness now and ready to go.”

Doueihi started life at the Tigers in the centre. Then he and Corey Thompson split the custodian role in round two before the competition was suspended.

Adam Doueihi had more than a dozen painkilling injections for his ankle last year.

Adam Doueihi had more than a dozen painkilling injections for his ankle last year.Credit:Getty

Tigers coach Michael Maguire ended the No.1 debate last week when he declared Doueihi was his fullback. The Balmain junior welcomed the news.

Just as he learnt plenty from Souths great Inglis about mastering the role, Doueihi also praised the work he had been doing with former Tigers No.1 Brett Hodgson, especially ball skills and creating three-on-two overlaps out wide.


The arrival of hooker Harry Grant is another reason Doueihi is pumped about the next 18 weeks at the joint venture.

“Harry I think will start, he’s been great for us at training in terms of playing more square and bringing the forwards onto the footy,” Doueihi said.

“We have some big guys like Josh Aloiai and Thomas Mikaele, so if we can get Harry to isolate some defenders, especially with one ref and if the ruck will be quicker, Harry will be great squaring up markers and trying to get the middles playing on the front foot and [getting] over the advantage line.”

Doueihi had also practised goal-kicking but said club favourite Benji Marshall was expected to remain first-choice with the boot.

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