A year is a long time in rugby league and that's how long Jock Brazel has been sidelined through injury.
The Moree native ruptured his ACL prior to the commencement of the 2022 Jersey Flegg competition and watched his Parramatta Eels teammates from the pine.
But now he's back training with the Eels alongside the club's top players and he is more determined than ever.
"I am currently training full-time alongside the NRL players and staff which is awesome," he said.
"Getting to learn from the best players and coaching staff is awesome.
"It has allowed me to learn heaps."
The Group 19 junior will undergo a minor operation on his knee to ensure he is all systems go when the season begins next year.
'[I've] just got a quick little keyhole surgery Monday but I'll be back in about 4 weeks," he said.
"So not too bad."
Before the injury put a halt on his career, signs were positive for Brazel.
These experiences have only motivated Brazel to get back on the field.
"I can't wait to get back into the up and coming season. I'm so keen," he said.
"Despite all the hurdles I am still loving footy more than ever and really can't wait get on the field again, if anything the time away has made me keener then ever.
"Regardless of what is happening around, I just try and get on with my job and just always stay grateful for the opportunity I've got."
The 19-year-old isn't sure what his role will be this year but he is ready to rip in.
He is contracted to the Eels until the end of 2024.
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