CHAMPION Knights hooker Danny Buderus vowed to be back for the business end of the NRL season and with no self-doubt lurking in the back of his mind.
HOPEFUL: Danny Buderus
“I’m confident I’ll still get a dozen games in,” said Buderus, who is recovering from his second bout of spinal surgery in three months.
“I’ll hopefully get around 12 games. That’s what I’m focused on – finishing the year off.
“Hopefully I can lift the boys coming back around then. This is definitely my last year, and that’s why I’m definitely keen to finish off on some sort of good note.”
The 35-year-old says that when he is eventually cleared to resume, possibly for the round-14 clash with premiers Melbourne, he plans to “get stuck into it” from the outset.
“There’s no other way, there’s no way of thinking about self-preservation on the field,” he said.
Buderus said his specialist was confident there would be no further relapses and had assured him he was in no danger of suffering any long-term damage.
“The doctor’s been doing it for 25 years but he’s never operated three times on the same disc,” he said.
Having been through the same rehabilitation process in February and March, which allowed him to play in Newcastle’s wins against North Queensland and Canberra, Buderus said he knows what to expect and feels ahead of schedule.
He has mapped out a recovery time of six to eight weeks and will train alongside back-rower Beau Scott, who is recovering from groin surgery.
“The stitches and that need to settle down and then I can start getting in the pool and get it moving,” he said.
“I’m doing a lot of core work. About the five- to six-week mark, you can get things going.”