Corey Hellmuth bound for return to Wallaroos
COREY Hellmuth is lucky to walk, let alone return to a rugby league field.
The 18-year-old was forced to have a year off footy after suffering a horrific knee injury while training with the Sunshine Coast Falcons.
"We were doing some sprints in open field and when I stepped on my leg it kept going forward on the inside and blew it to pieces," he said.
"I tore my ACL, tore my meniscus off the bone and took a chunk of bone out of my leg. I couldn't put weight on it for six weeks.
"You usually have a month before surgery but I had to get in a week afterwards because there was a bone floating around in there.
"They said my leg could've seized up for the rest of my life if we didn't get it out of there."
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Hellmuth returns to the Wallaroos on a mission not only to play the sport he loves but also regain his place at the Falcons.
The farmhand can play second row, centre and lock, but it was of no concern to Hellmuth where he ended up.
His focus is to rediscover and ensure the strongest part of his game - defence - is at its peak.
"(My strongest area is) usually my defence but I'm not sure about now. I get down low and take them out," he said.
"It's a lot better coming back to play footy.
"I'm so unfit. I've probably gained a heap of fat, lost a bit of muscle but should still be pretty good.
"It all comes down to tackling/defence. It's gone good so far. It'll hurt when I start training but otherwise will go away."
Wallaroos will open their Bundaberg Rugby League season against Wests Panthers at Hervey Bay's Stafford Park on Saturday. Kick-off is at 4.30pm. The match will be followed by Hervey Bay's clash with Past Brothers.