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Bouncing back: James confident of returning to best after two-year layoff

Posted By: Raidercast
February 08, 2021, 09:34:20 AM
As he nears an NRL return after almost two years out, Raiders recruit Ryan James believes he can recapture the form that drove him to the cusp of State of Origin.

The former Titans prop has played just six matches – all at the start of 2019 – in the past two seasons due to back-to-back ACL injuries.

But Canberra could have secured one of the buys of 2021 if the 29-year-old can stay fit and deliver somewhere near his best.

"You have to be confident in everything you do, and everything I'm doing at training replicates where I was at," James told NRL.com.

"So I'm feeling pretty confident in myself. You just have to go in there and believe that you can do it. I'm at that stage now where I'm feeling pretty comfy, I just have to make sure I'm learning all their processes down here ... It's been good and we have players fighting for spots."

The veteran, who played 144 games for the Titans, said he was on track to get the "sign-off" to play on February 20, a week before the Raiders face Sydney Roosters in a trial at Leichhardt Oval.

    There is fierce competition for jerseys amongst Canberra's forwards, and James is not sure if he'll be considered for NRL selection in round one or ease his way back through a reserve grade stint.

"I think we'll hopefully just see how trial form goes ... That will be my first game in [almost] 700 days," he said.

"I haven't played footy in a while so I'll get used to the new game [under the six-again infringement rule]. But I'm feeling pretty fit, probably the fittest I've been in a while, so I'm ready to go.

"We've got a nice, strong pack down here, which is the best part of being in the squad. [We're] getting ready to fight for positions which hopefully can push us further into the back-end of the season.



More: https://www.raiders.com.au/news/2021/02/08/bouncing-back-james-confident-of-returning-to-best-after-two-year-layoff/





 

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