Smith Hails ‘Tremendous’ Vice-Captain

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Smith Hails ‘Tremendous’ Vice-Captain

Tony Smith has hailed Elliot Minchella’s professional attitude following his season-ending injury, as he claims to ‘attack’ the rehabilitation process and return a ‘tremendous’ player.

Suffering an ACL injury in Round 2 of the Betfred Super League against St. Helens, Hull KR’s Vice-Captain admits to his Head Coach that he suffered some dark days prior to his scan, but has since confronted what’s ahead of him.

As Smith spoke to the press on Tuesday afternoon, he left no doubt that Minchella will return from his injury a better player than before and will go on to have a hugely successful career.

“I feel for Elliot, nobody likes to see those sorts of injuries. It’s unfortunate but I have spoken to him and said that most players who have a decent career have a point in time where that occurs, where they have a fairly substantial injury of sorts,” said Smith.

“He’ll get through this and go on to have a tremendous career I have no doubt about that. It’s disappointing for him and the team but it is part and parcel of rugby league.

“He had his moments early on, like all of us when we have received disappointing news we don’t want or like. But as soon as he had the scan and we got the report back, it confirmed what we thought we already knew. Once you get that sort of news it’s more definite and you can deal with it.”

Despite no longer being able to feature on the field, Minchella will keep himself busy around the club as he tests his mind with the coaching staff, and continues to contribute towards team meetings.

Smith feels his Vice-Captaincy and positive attitude around the rest of the players will continue to keep spirits high in the camp.

“He’s come in really positive today. He’ll probably tell you himself that he had some dark days leading into the scan, but he’s come in and is going to attack his rehab and contribute to the team as best as possible. He’s not put the cue in the rack, he has got a whole load of things he has to be positive about in the year.

“We have our team meetings, and he can contribute to those. We talk about all the things that we do well on and off the field, he can have an influence on those subjects. He can sit in on his group meetings like he usually does and pass on his knowledge, as well as receive some.

“There are all sorts he can contribute within all sorts of ways which we’ll utilise and keep him busy. That important that we do.”

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