Canberra Raiders star Jamal Fogarty back in action after recovering from COVID-19 | Canberra time

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Jamal Fogarty just thought he had a sinus infection, until a second line popped up when he took a RAT during the break. The Raiders’ new recruit took himself for a PCR test which confirmed he had been a victim of the Green Machine’s pre-Christmas COVID invasion. He was already back at his home in Tweed, enjoying some downtime after several players and staff tested positive for the virus in late December, forcing the club to close early before the festive break. But Fogarty considers himself one of the lucky ones. “I only had a bit of a runny nose for two days, and that’s all I had. I had no headaches, no chest pains, no aches sore throat, no nighttime fevers or anything like that,” Fogarty said. “I didn’t know I had it just because I assumed it was sinus. “I was talking to the physios here and they said they were waking up in the middle of the night with a pool of sweat in their bed and they had to change their sheets. I was like, ‘That was all it was ‘?knock on wood that I don’t understand anymore but I got it very easy compared to what other people got.'” We got a few before Christmas time. They all came back healthy. Everyone had different symptoms, some people were fine, some people were knocked down for a day or two and then recovered well afterwards. “I was able to do iso [isolation] at home [in Tweed] with a swimming pool and a good garden, and a home gym there, so I was able to do a bit whereas if I was stuck here it would have been very different. The first pre-season with the Raiders was unaffected and he was able to rejoin his teammates when training resumed last week. “It’s only a matter of time before everyone gets it and obviously we’ve already seen other clubs in the NRL have high numbers of players with COVID, it’s going to be like that throughout. the season,” Fogarty said: “Whoever best manages these minor issues throughout the season, who can stay on top and look forward to playing football week in and week out will do a lot to be there at the end of the season. year.” That’s pretty much all we need to do to keep the game going and all I need to do to be able to train and keep this as my job. The more you think about it, the more you read into it, the more difficult it is and it plays in your mind. “For me personally, I go home one afternoon, try to recover and eat, sit on the couch and come back to training, anyway. I’m not really an outgoing person. “We can still go to cafes if we sit outside, which I like to do, and the other thing I like to do is play golf outdoors. So the two things I love to do, I can still do them, so I can’t complain, “Other guys think if they want to go out for a beer or whatever, that would be a lot more difficult for them, but for me, I’m just living my normal life, to be honest.” Fogarty has quickly settled into Canberra, having left the Gold Coast Titans on a three-year deal. His next goal is to establish himself on the pitch, linking up with Jack Wighton in half-time and proving himself to be George Williams’ long-term replacement. months we are already doing a lot more team stuff, hopefully we can have more time to continue building this combination and figuring out what he wants to do and how he wants to play and how I can fit in in there,” Fogarty said. “It’s not just with Jack, you have to build combinations with full-backs, hookers, centers, full-backs and even the other half. are in the club. “They don’t just put two halves together and keep them together. We float around and they put on different combinations all the time, so you’re always ready if an injury comes up in the season. “It could be Sammy Williams and Jack playing or it could be me and Matty Frawley playing. They just keep that option open to everyone, which is good in the long run.” Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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