Tautau Moga is back into fulltime training with the NRL squad.
The centre’s comeback from an ACL injury is nearing completion with the 25-year-old not far off being cleared to play.
“Tau has come through all his objectives and strength markers,” Head of Physical performance, Balin Cupples said.
“From Monday he’s pretty much full integration into the NRL team.
“There is a time frame on that. It’s not just full training into a game.
“It’s exciting for Tau and exciting for the team.
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“It’s now getting time in with the footy with his teammates, spaces, numbers, shapes coming at him.”
Meanwhile, Hymel Hunt was ruled out of taking part in Saturday’s trial match against St George Illawarra due to a hamstring injury.
The centre’s injury is on the low end but the performance staff won’t rush him back with the season so close to kicking off.
“On Monday he had a minor grade hamstring strain,” Cupples said.
“He got back out on the field with a slow jog today.
“To hit those initial stages so early, it’s strong for him.
“We will put some pretty strict measures on him to make sure that when he does come back, we’re not going to have a reoccurrence.
“For this early stage, he’s done extremely well … this is a mini set-back.”
Injured players and expected return dates:
Tautau Moga (ACL - Early Rounds)
Hymel Hunt (Hamstring - Trials/Round 1)
Jacob Saifiti (Leg - Early Rounds)
Slade Griffin (ACL - Indefinite)
Bradman Best (MCL - Round 1)
Brayden Musgrove (ACL – Early Rounds)