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Our Dragon on the outer again

Nick Emmett.
Nick Emmett. Getty Sport Images - Cameron Spencer

INJURIES haven't been kind to former Hervey Bay Seagulls representative Nick Emmett.

The 29-year-old centre come second-rower has played only 41 games in the National Rugby League competition since making his debut for the Brisbane Broncos six years ago.

Even after he left the Broncos, a club he played for 17 times, and headed south to join the St George Illawarra Dragons in 2009, injuries continued to plague Emmett.

He has played just 24 games for the Dragons and last season was a personal nightmare.

After helping the Dragons beat South Sydney in the annual pre-season Charity Shield, Emmett injured his neck and spent the rest of the season sitting in the stand watching his teammates.

However, despite Emmett's injury-ravaged season, the Dragons showed their faith in his ability and signed him to a new one-year deal for this year.

It gave him the boost he needed and he enjoyed a great pre-season training under the guidance of new head coach Steve Price.

That was until he injured his back and he spent a day in hospital having an epidural to help with a bulging disc last week.

Despite yet another setback, Emmett said there was something positive to come out of it.

"Mate, I can tell you that I was a bit down in the dumps for a while last week," he said.

"I can think of much better things to do than have a big needle put in you.

"It (being injured) is really disappointing because I had done so well in pre-season and was so looking forward to playing in the trials.

"Saying that, I guess you could say that I'd prefer to be out now rather than during the season."

But how long does Emmett think he'll be out for?

"I'll be back doing some light training by the end of this week," he said.

"If all goes to plan, well, I hope to be fit and be in consideration for round two at this stage.

"I'd certainly like to play against the Broncs in round five."

EMMETT IN A MINUTE

  • NRL team you supported as a child: Broncos
  • Pre-game ritual. Eat spaghetti bolognaise
  • Favourite holiday destination: Cairns
  • Favourite TV show: Two and a Half Men
  • Advice for junior rugby league players: It's a game so enjoy it

Topics:  dragon, football, injury, nick emmett, nrl, rugby league, seagulls




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