BRISBANE defender Noah Answerth is ready for the first day of season preparation after groin problems ruined his last 12 months.
Answerth suffered the injury for the first time at the end of the 2020 season, missed this year’s final series and did not play a single senior game in the past season.
After three failed comebacks in the VFL, the 22-year-old had an operation in the middle of the year and slowly made his way from there.
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“When it flared up for the first time … I thought I would be out for two weeks and return to the finals,” said Answerth Löwen.com.au.
“I trained up to this prelim-point, to the point where I got carried away and was supposed to hit targets and couldn’t, which was heartbreaking.”
Answerth had both groin and appendix operations that same week, which left him bedridden for 16 days.
Working with Brisbane’s rehab coordinator Josh Low, Answerth has developed a program that focuses on mobility through the back and runs “relaxed” at good speed.
While Cam Rayner and Eric Hipwood – who both broke their ACLs this year – will play a huge role in 2022, so will Answerth, a definitely top 22 player with his ability to block the opponent’s best small forward.
“The approach we took was slow, but I’m almost back to a point where I can start again with the group and full training in preparation and hopefully play some practice games this year, which is exciting is.” he said.
“I hope 2022 is a better year than 2021.”