Doctors have told Jackson Hastings he will be out for three months after a nasty hip drop broke his leg last month.
That time frame doesn’t fit in with Hastings’ plans to play for England at the World Cup in October and hopefully he will line up against the man who injured him.
“I begged the doctor to put me in a moon boot and aim for 10 weeks,” Hastings told the Fox League podcast.
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In the 20th round, Hastings went down in pain after being tackled by Broncos star Patrick Carrigan.
“When I walked around the stadium at the end of the game, I didn’t think I’d broken my leg,” Hastings said.
“I was hoping there was something wrong because I was running like an idiot and then when I stood up after the physio I thought I might have a chance to play, but I took a step back. It wasn’t right.
“I’m very stubborn about things like that, I remember when I spoke to the doctor about 10 weeks and he looked at me as if I was a bit funny and once he had the operation and it was good he was on board with it now. He had no choice because I was going anyway.
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“So I go for 10 weeks and some people might say it’s crazy or it’s unsafe but I have a goal in the back of my mind that I want to achieve and usually when you put your mind to something, you get it.
“But if I knew it wasn’t any good, or if I couldn’t run, or if I was in so much pain and couldn’t do my job, I wouldn’t risk it.
Carrigan immediately recognized that he was putting his opponent in a difficult position and was quick to test the Tigers’ players.
But his contribution did not save him from the review committee of the game.
Hastings admits he was sloppy at first before putting things into perspective, and he also receives a belated apology from Carrigan.
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“He played it really smart. He’s a very intelligent guy. He left it for a week and let his emotions come out.” Hastings said.
“I’ve seen it a million times and felt different about it on different levels.
I remember that night in my bed after I found out I broke my leg and I was sitting by myself with the boys drinking beer, I was angry and thought why is this happening to me, but when you really boil it down I realize I’ve played 150 first grade games and never had any injuries, but some strikers have done a lot of ACLs. You just sit there and realize that life isn’t so bad and I’m actually lucky.
“At the end of the day it was an accident, he didn’t think, my ankle was caught and broken. The other day I would roll over and play the ball. Credit to him, he sent me a great message and I have a lot of respect for him, I think he’s one of the best 13s in the game right now.
“I wished him all the best in the finals series and told him I hope he’s playing for Australia at the end of the year and it’s an honor to play with him, so I don’t hold any grudges and I’m just honoured. the world to him.”
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