He's done four ACL's but Tautau Moga isn't a quitter.

Currently rehabilitating from his latest injury setback, the nib Newcastle Knights is on the verge of returning to running.

Since ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during the Easter Sunday match against the St George Illawarra Dragons, the centre has hardly been cited.

But he's been working hard behind the scenes to ensure he returns better than ever.

"In Round 5, I'll probably be back. That'll probably be a year from there. Hopefully see how we go. Hopefully Round 5, that's the plan," Moga told the Our Town Our Team podcast.


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Still only 24, Moga has had a horror run with injury.

Two ACL injuries early in his Roosters career halted his momentum before he started to gather steam in North Queensland.

Another ACL while with the Cowboys put him back in the rehab until before stringing some games together and joining Brisbane where he had an injury-free 2017.

Linking with the Knights this year, Moga was devastated after suffering a fourth season-ending knee injury.

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Another set-back and shock to the system, the emerging Queensland Origin prospect has had time to come to grips with the injury and is focused on returning in 2019.

"Its been about four months now on the sidelines," Moga said.

"Its been 14 weeks since the op. It's gone pretty slow but we're getting there.

" ... two weeks after I did it people were calling but I didn't really reply back until a month later.

"Which was a bit rude but I just needed some time to myself.

"I was trying to think things over, trying to wrap it around my head.

"I had some downtime with the family. Get my mind off family.

"Going home to my little one, she brings happiness. Everything else just goes away."


While it's a long road back to the field, having the support of his family is 'the best feeling'.

Once he's given the all-clear to commence straight line running, the return becomes much easier.

"I just started leg weights," Moga said.

"I went and saw the specialist a week ago and he said everything is on track.

"It's about trying to get some strength in the legs.

"Hopefully that leads into running on the AlterG and from the AlterG to out on the field.


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"I think I'll be running on the AlterG for two or three weeks to get some load into the legs and used to running again and from there it transfers out onto the paddock."

The Anti-Gravity Treadmill is something Moga is familiar with.

He's used it twice previously when rehabbing from a knee injury and feels the benefits of the technology but it's pulling on a pair of studs again which has him most excited.

"I'm just keen to wear some boots to be honest," he said.

"Wear some boots and run around."