It’s easy to forget David Klemmer broke his wrist last season.
It’s an injury that would hamper many, but not Klemmer.
After all, he still played two Origins, two Tests and ran for well over 3000 metres.
The injury itself only kept him sidelined for little under a month, much shorter than the usual recovery time.
It’s scary to think what he could do at full fitness, which Klemmer is hoping we’ll see in 2020.
Klem: 'It's a shock to everyone'
“The wrist feels good at the moment, it’s getting stronger,” Klemmer said.
“It’s been good, the physio’s been looking after me, they’ve been great to me.
“I’ve just got to look after it.”
Little was revealed around the time of the injury, with Klemmer keeping it under wraps while he recovered on the sidelines.
However, he can now reveal the full extent of the injury suffered in Origin I last season.
“It was a fracture and I did all my ligaments,” he said.
“It still hasn’t fully healed.”
Despite the fact the injury is still healing, Klemmer insists surgery and an extended time on the sidelines isn’t required.
“Nah, I won’t need surgery, fingers crossed,” Klemmer said.
With his wrist not a major concern, Klemmer has his eyes set on leading the nib Newcastle Knights into the finals for the first time since 2013.
“I’m trying to speak up more around the boys, especially on the footy park,” he said.
“We’ve got leaders everywhere, everyone’s talking which is good.
“It’s a really good environment to be in, everyone’s helping each other to get better and speaking up to improve everyone’s game.”
The New South Wales and Australian representative is determined on getting the team into the play-offs and knows exactly what needs to be fixed in order for it to become a reality.
Klem: Instensity, leadership, NSW and wrist injury
“Obviously last year we leaked a few points…and defence wins footy games,” Klemmer said.
“When we’re hurting, we still need to turn up and defend.
“It’s something we need to improve on from last year, because it was pretty disgraceful towards the back end of last year.”