James Tedesco savouring success after overcoming injury setbacks
There has been a time in which James Tedesco feared his NRL career was more than than 30 minutes although He’s among the most prominent players in league.
An underage superstar who perfected his skills in his own football pitch in his family’s 200-acre property Heard of Sydney, Tedesco has been tipped for greatness.
However things took a dramatic turn from the 2012 season’s opening game.
“It was a pretty major day,” stated the Australia worldwide, speaking to Sky Sports’ Golden Point podcast. “There has been a lot of excitement and I had all my friends and family come down to watch me.
“It was a Sunday afternoon at Leichardt Oval. About 25 minutes , I did my ACL and stepped my left off.
“I didn’t really know what that was at that time. I’d never had any injuries as a child growing up. I then felt a popup. After I got into the sheds the doctor said felt it,’that is your ACL. That’s the season’.
“I was shocked. That was my very initial pre-season with tier. Tim Sheens gave the nod to me that I went to be full-back. I was excited and had a year, then it all came crashing down fairly fast.
“The following a few years that I had around six surgeries. I broke my kneecap, had ankle surgery, shattered my jaw, shoulder surgery. I had been going through a tough time where I didn’t know if I was going to get through a game without being hurt, or if I was actually cut out to the NRL.”
Tedesco was after another surgery on the comeback trail, but doubts whether his body could handle the rigours of the NRL racked him.
He chose to find a mentor, which established one of the best decisions.
“He addressed all the mental things, that uncertainty that I thought I’d,” said Tedesco. “Just speaking about that openly and comprehending why I had it, and also how I can overcome it.
“I still speak for him a few times a week through the year, in front of a game, and only about life generally.
“Having that type of man to speak to any problems I have, or am going to have, is amazing for me. It’s proven a large difference in my footy career and my life in general.
“You probably don’t understand when you’re a young child, just how much the psychological side impacts you. Going through these times and finding someone to talk to about it, it has helped me.
“I’m sure a whole great deal of sportspeople, and people in general, may relate to that.”
Tedesco played game of the 2015 season, finishing tied for third in the graphs and since then he hasn’t looked back.
A two-time State of Origin winner using New South Wales, Tedesco has also won back NRL titles with Sydney Roosters and final year won the Dally M Medal.
The Roosters will try to keep the World Club Challenge if they face St Helens on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Action, also focus then shifts towards attempting to become NRL premiers for the next season in succession.
“We know it’s going to be another trip,” said Tedesco. “We are going to have to do things differently and work harder.
“We all appreciate that challenge of being the premiers, being the best, and everyone wants to knock off.
“All of us back each other and have faith in each other. If folks wish to come back after uswe’ll do a great job.”