AMOS Roberts emerged from his first full-contact training session this year yesterday – and vowed: “I’m not far off.”
The livewire Australian utility back has endured a nightmare run of bad luck over the past 18 months.
But after another operation during the off-season, his knee is now close to 100 per cent and Roberts is looking forward to being back on the big stage again.
The ex-Sydney Roosters ace said last night: “I started back training last week but I couldn’t do every session because of the contact.
“I did my first full contact session today and it went well. It was good to get out there.
“My knee came through fine with no reaction, and it’s heaps better day by day.
“I’ll be 100 per cent for the first time in a while, which is really pleasing.
“I’m just happy its going well so far – it’s been a long wait, I can’t wait to get out there again.”
Coach Shaun Wane hinted early this week that Roberts – in the final season of a four year deal – could figure for the Under-20s in Sunday’s game at Castleford.
But after training yesterday, Roberts reckons he may have to wait a little longer before making his return.
“I’ve not looked forward to a reserve grade game as much in my life,” he grinned. “I wish I was playing this week, I’m not quite there yet but I’m not far off.
“Everything’s gone well with my off-season and rehab, I’m making giant strides.”
Roberts was in sizzling form in early 2010, scoring 12 tries in 10 matches – mainly from the full-back berth – before injury struck on Easter Monday.
He returned to the side later that campaign and figured six times last year, but never displayed the same razor-sharp attacking instincts.
Asked whether he was confident he could reclaim his glorious best, Roberts replied: “I don’t want to start aiming for the stars.
“It’ll be 100 per cent right, which it hasn’t been for a while.
“For me, I’ll just be happy to be back, getting out there and getting a few games under my belt, and then I’ll re-assess where I am.”
l A MINUTE’S applause will be held before Castleford’s match with Wigan on Sunday to celebrate the life of Robbie Millward, who died on Sunday.
Tigers and ex-Warriors coach Ian Millward – Robbie’s dad – has been granted compassionate leave from the club.
The minute of applause and cheering, by request of the family, will take place moments before kick off at 3:30pm.