Eye to the Future for Forrest

Injured veteran Rob Forrest says he’s looking forward to helping the next generation of Lions develop into premiership players.

Forrest, 27, underwent a knee-reconstruction last week and will be sidelined for 12 months after an innocuous incident in a practice match in February.

“It was just a simple change of direction, I planted my foot and went to turn but instead of planting on grass I planted on a teammate’s boot and the rest is history.” Forrest said.

It’s Forrest’s second reconstruction on the same knee. His 107 game career has been plagued by injury since debuting in 2005.

“I think the only positive I can find is that I’m better prepared for the rehab. I know a bit more about the do’s and the don’ts. That takes away a bit of uncertainty as to whether I’m doing things right. It’s still going to be rough.” He said.

With a reputation amongst teammates as a tireless worker and ultimate professional, the two time premiership player will now pour his energy into improving the Lions from the sidelines.

“This club is a massive part of my life and it has been for ten years. I’ll take a couple of weeks away to recover from the operation but once I’m up and about I want to come back and take on a development role with the younger players.”

“I want to help develop the next crop of guys that will take our club forward. We’ve got some ripping kids coming through and it means a lot to me that they get to taste the success and the traditions that I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of. “ Forrest said.

And while Lions fans would love to see the number 6 jumper return to the field sooner rather than later, Forrest admits the ‘R’ word has crossed his mind.

“Retirement! It’s the worst word in any footballer’s vocabulary. I’d like to say I haven’t thought about it but that’s a lie. You have all sorts of thoughts and emotions running through your mind when you suffer long-term injuries.” He said.

“To walk away from all the hard work, sacrifices and friendships will be the hardest thing and it’s something I’m not prepared to do yet.”

“I’ll take my time with the rehab, get the knee right to go in nine to ten months and see how I’m feeling from there.”

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