PARRAMATTA fan favourite Clint Gutherson is drawing inspiration from an American basketball star on his comeback from a serious knee injury.
The likeable Eels utility tore his anterior cruciate ligament late in the 2017 season, but is on track for a round one return next year.
And he maintains he’s remained upbeat throughout the tough rehabilitation, which is the second time he’s busted the same knee.
And to help him on his journey back to the paddock Gutherson has borrowed the catchphrase of NBA star Joel Embiid.
The Philadelphia young gun was plagued by injury early in his career but battled through the pain to earn a monster contract with the 76ers.
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He’s adopted the phrase “trust the process” – a mantra started by Philadelphia to keep fans on side during a turbulent few years in the NBA.
And now Gutherson’s taken it on board.
“Joel Embiid, the 76ers bloke … I was reading into it and he had a few injuries coming up,” Gutherson explained.
“I think he’s 24 now or something like that, and a few of the boys started saying it and it just stuck … it’s a good little saying.”
While Gutherson is upbeat now, he admits initially he struggled to deal with another bad knee injury that robbed him of finals football.
“The first month or so was pretty hard … it’s always when you’re by yourself that you get thinking about stuff and it’s pretty hard,” he said.
“But it’s such a small part of your life, rugby league, you’ve got to look at the positives and live your normal life.”
Gutherson is aiming for a round one return for Parramatta.
He began straight line running last week and will build up his training over the pre-season.
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