2019 was not all smooth sailing for Aidan Guerra.
The second rower was a mainstay on the nib Newcastle Knights bench, providing good impact from it when called on in the opening month of the season.
The man known affectionately as ‘Dos’ by his team-mates was solid in this early part of the year, before things turned dangerously south in the round five encounter with Manly.
Guerra suffered a horrific injury in the game, with the eventual diagnosis being a dislocated fracture of his ankle. The injury required surgery and kept him on the sidelines for three months.
Guerra was eased back into action via the Canterbury Cup, where he made five appearances in the middle of the season. In those five games he managed to run for around 85 metres per game, starting in the second row and at lock.
In his return to first grade, Guerra managed to stay as a consistent member of the side, scoring two tries, making two line-breaks and tackling at over 86% efficiency.
Despite a disrupted season, Guerra is now injury free and looks set to continue in his role as a club leader in 2020.