Warwick footballer Ryan Kinlyside is home after injury ended his first season at the Newcastle Knights.
Warwick footballer Ryan Kinlyside is home after injury ended his first season at the Newcastle Knights.

Kinlyside's dream waits

INJURY has ended the 2010 rugby league season for Ryan Kinlyside but the tough front rower plans to return to the Newcastle Knights to follow his NRL dream next season.

Kinlyside led the Knights’ hit-ups and tackles in his first game for the under-20 side and made a break in the first 10 minutes of his second game against the Bulldogs when injury hit.

“I was trying to beat the fullback and didn’t see a front rower coming across to shoulder charge me,” Kinlyside said.

The result was a bruised spinal cord and two bulged discs in his neck.

He went to Professor Yeo, a specialist who oversaw the return of Knights legend Andrew Johns from a similar injury, and was told to rest from rugby league for 12 months and see how it went. Kinlyside is contracted to the Knights to the end of 2011.

While he is to rest from body contact sport, he does fitness work with the Warwick Cowboys and a weights program at WIRAC set by the Knights.

“They want me to build up my shoulders like a rugby union front rower,” Kinlyside said.

He is also looking for a job in retail, hospitality or as a labourer until he returns to Newcastle.

Kinlyside runs the water for the Cowboys A-grade side and won’t have any trouble understanding the coach/player messages.

He played for both the Cowboys under-18 and A-grade sides last year after winning two premierships for Eastern Suburbs juniors.

Last year, he played for the Queensland secondary school side at the national championships in Newcastle where he was approached by Knights recruitment officer Keith Onslow.

First-grade coach Rick Stone has spoken to Kinlyside about his injury.

After starting two U20 games in his favourite number-eight jersey, Kinlyside was aiming to make the first-grade squad of 25 next season but has now put that dream back another year.



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