Battle Weary Broadhurst's Career on Hold
- Thursday, 28 February 2013
A groin injury has sidelined Subiaco spearhead Blake Broadhurst for season 2013, but the 27-year-old is adamant he can return to the form that earned him the 2011 Bernie Naylor medal for the WAFL’s leading goal kicker.
Broadhurst has temporarily succumbed to the injury that has plagued the prolific goal kicker through out his 142 game career.
“The last two years have been pretty tough, its not enjoyable playing with hip and groin problems, I saw the specialist late last year and it turns out I need a hip operation on one hip maybe two” He said.
“There’s extra bone on both hips which is just something your born with which means the hip doesn’t sit in the socket properly and each time you run it puts pressure through that area. I have to get that bone shaved off and hopefully it stops the restrictions and eases off the groin as well”
Former Lions Michael Rix, Shaun Hildebrandt and Simon White have all made successful returns after undergoing similar procedures.
Broadhurst says he felt both disappointment and relief at his decision to sit out.
The 2010 Best and Fairest says he put pressure on himself to keep up with his teammates on the training track despite his injury significantly restricting his workload.
“I’d train maybe once a week or twice if I’m lucky, about 30 percent … you feel like your cheating all the boys when they’re out there working hard especially this pre-season the boys are working flat out and you feel like a bit of a cheat sitting there doing your little bit on the sidelines but unfortunately that’s just the way its been with the body” he said.
“I would have thought about 25 to 26 would have been your best years of footy so it’s been a bit disappointing in that sense. I really just want to get the body right and enjoy every day life, it’s been a struggle to get out of bed at times so it will be good to get out there and run injury free.”