The three-stage plan to get Cordner back on the field
Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has revealed the three-stage plan the club hopes to execute for Boyd Cordner to make his return to playing duties by June.The Roosters last week put in a formal submission for salary cap relief to the NRL following Cordner’s brutal run with repeated concussions, with the club hoping to get $350,000 in salary cap relief.Cordner, 28, last November ruled himself out of game two and three of the Origin series after suffering a head knock in the series opener. It was an incident that garnered widespread scrutiny in light of Cordner’s history with concussions.Cordner’s aim now is to continue playing on after undergoing a number of tests, which included an MRI scan that showed a “pristine” brain with no signs of degeneration or injury according to the Sydney Morning Herald. He also underwent neuropsychological and neurocognitive tests, which showed no decline from the last time he took similar tests 18 months ago.Boyd Cordner (Getty)Despite Robinson admitting he discussed with Cordner the possibility of retirement, the pair ultimately decided playing on was a safe option given the strong test results.”There was nothing to suggest he shouldn’t play football again,” Robinson told the Herald.”All the testing came back positive. If it came back negative, it would’ve been a different story.”It’s understood Cordner will now undergo a detailed plan put in place by Robinson, club doctor Tom Longworth and concussion specialist Dr Andrew Gardner to get the Roosters co-captain back out on the field.Trent Robinson (Getty)A plan divided into three eight-week blocs will see Cordner focus on recovery and re-strengthening for the first part.For the second stage, Cordner will ramp up his running, speed and agility work, with a jiu-jitsu component also included.The third stage will see Cordner take on regular training for eight weeks before the club and medical experts make a decision about a possible return. It’s understood an independent evaluation by the NRL will also be undertaken.”But there’s no fixed date we are looking at,” Robinson said.”He needs to be progressing through each stage at the right time. If things don’t go as planned, then we will re-think.”For a daily dose of the best of the breaking news and exclusive content from Wide World of Sports, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here!
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