Leeds Rhinos’ Harry Newman makes bold injury claim and explains unique comeback approach


Harry Newman is one of the most exciting players in the Super League but also one of the unluckiest.

It’s what made him the perfect guest star for Sky Sports’ brilliant new Super League show in detail in which Jon Wells dissected what makes Newman so effective in the center for the Rhinos as well as solving his problems with injuries which saw him injure his three hamstrings. in 2o22 after a double break in 2020.

Speaking on the show, Newman spoke about his approach to injuries and the difficulty he has found in 2022: “It’s been a tough season for me personally. It’s been a tough start, I suffered a hamstring injury and that alongside team performance and I suffer another one every minute.

“The rehabilitation is going very well, I have seen another professional counselor who specializes in these injuries and have started my rehabilitation and I am 100% in and looking forward to another challenge.

“It’s not a pleasant process to go through. Every athlete would love to be on the court 100% of the time but unfortunately that is not the case.

“For me, I had to deal with several serious injuries, a double leg fracture which probably prepared me for these small injuries that I have now.

So he sees a specialist but, interestingly, he also works with a mental performance coach in a unique way of dealing with injuries: “I work alongside a mental performance coach who helps me a lot outside of ground and on my performance.

“I basically started working with Emma since the off season and I’ve been working with her ever since. Working on minor details where I can pick up a percent, probably things you wouldn’t hear like meditating and staying cool.

“It’s the little things that count when it comes to a big injury.

“For me, the broken leg, I took it as a challenge, and I think that’s what you have to do. That’s how you bounce back and I think I’ll do it again from that.

This led to a discussion about whether Newman would be fit for the World Cup. He didn’t call off a comeback before the end of the Super League season but was determined to be fit for the World Cup.

He said he was “100%” an international center saying, “I think I have the ability to do that. I take players, I know I have things to work on, probably more defensively.

He then went on to say that he would be fit for the tournament and would work hard to be ready for competition: “If I look at myself, that’s where I want to be on the big stage and I hope that I’m in good shape for the World Cup.

“I’m going to be 100% fit for this World Cup and Shaun Wane knows I’ll do everything I can to be in the best shape possible.”


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