Sewell important for the Ghosts
NAT SEWELL is one of those guys every rugby league team would love to have in their side.
Unrelenting determination, passion and an overwhelming desire to win are just a few characteristics which make-up the Grafton Ghosts hardman.
With the game of rugby league favouring forwards with size, mobility and leg-speed, Sewell is custom-made for the modern game.
An enforcer on the field, Sewell is an important cog in the Ghosts line-up for 2010 but an ongoing knee injury has the respected prop spending more time on the sidelines than on the playing field.
Sewell is optimistic he will be right for the start of the season but first needs a clearance from his orthopaedic specialist.
“Hopefully I’ll be right for our first game on May 2 but I’m not 100 per cent sure,” Sewell says.
“I have to go and see a specialist in a few weeks and hopefully he will give me the okay.”
Sewell injured his knee late last year and had no other choice but to go under the surgeon’s knife in a bid to get back on the paddock.
“I hurt my knee last year and struggled a bit on the field, then I did it at pre-season training just before Christmas,” he says.
“I thought it might get better with rest but it didn’t respond.
“I had an arthroscope and they took out the whole lot of my cartilage and shaved part of my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament).”
Knee injuries are common with footballers and require hours of rehabilitation - something Sewell is prepared to do.
“I’m doing some light activity and have started running in a straight line,” he says. “Our conditioning coach Terry West has been helping and put me on to a physio who has me doing light exercise and weights to strengthen the leg...in fact it’s all coming together,” Sewell says.
Watching the Ghosts from the sidelines during the pre-season Charity Shield has been difficult according to Sewell however he says he likes what he sees and believes the Ghosts are a definite chance of taking out the premiership in 2010.
“We have a lot stronger side this year. Danny (Wicks) is a bonus and one of the quickest in our team and all the boys are looking sharp,” he says. “Our two second-rowers, Stumpy (Grant Stevens) and Ben McLennan have been killing it and if we can keep Ryan Farrell injury-free it will be great...we need his talk.”
The Ghosts boast arguably the best forward pack in the competition - with Sewell you have an engine room capable of dominating any side.
Our conditioning coach Terry West has been helping and put me on to a physio..in fact it’s all coming together.