Forrest salutes teammates

 

Forrest Salutes Teammates

It may have taken him 8 seasons but Rob Forrest says reaching his 100th WAFL game has been well and truly worth the wait.

A string of frustrating injuries, including a knee reconstruction, stress fractures in his foot and a broken leg, has held the 26-year-old to an average of just 12 games per season since debuting in 2005.

Originally from Railways Football Club in Kalgoorlie, Forrest moved to Perth to play Colts under Neil Taylor in 2004.

After graduating to senior football the following year, Forrest had to force himself into a star studded Lions midfield which already featured Matt Priddis, Chad Cossom, Alistair Pickett, Marc Webb and Jarrad Schofield.

Looking back, Forrest says he can’t help but laugh at the unusual circumstances surround his senior debut.

“We had a Friday night reserves fixture, so I played in that while the league side flew to Esperance for a country fixture the next day,”

“Peter German named me as an emergency so I played Friday night and then got to the airport early the next morning, one of our players (Anthony Beattie) called up sick so I ended up being handed a guernsey… I played all of about ten minutes (laughs) so that was a funny experience but I’m just glad I got it done.” He said.

99 games and two premierships later, Forrest is one of the first players picked by coach Jarrad Schofield.

“It’s a credit to himself that he’s overcome the injury setbacks that he has to reach the milestone. He gives us a real hard edge around contests and I know the players all stand a little taller when Forrie is out there playing.” Schofield said.

With commitment and a work rate that’s second to none, Forrest has forged himself a reputation as an esteemed Subiaco clubman.

“To be thought of like that by your team mates is something that I hold dearly to me,”

“I’ve never been the most talented bloke so what ever I have been good at I’ve worked hard at and hopefully that translates out on the field” Forrest said.

“My parents and family have been there for me but internally it’s all about my team mate, you spend countless hours with them and it’s an absolute pleasure to rock up and do what we do, you end up making life long friends.”

Forrest rates Greg Broughton, Mark Haynes and Marc Webb as the top three players he’s played alongside, and as far as highlights go, he says he needs to look no further than his two premiership medallions.

“Back to back flags in 07 & 08, it’s what you do it for, it’s why you come down and sacrifice all the hours, they’re pretty hard to top and it makes all those November pre-season training sessions worth it in the end.” Forrest said.

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