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Quinn looking for season without surgery

Melissa Woods 31/01/2011 04:41:46 PM Comments (0)

While every Melbourne player is looking forward to finally playing for competition points, the new NRL season can't come soon enough for veteran Storm winger Anthony Quinn.

After two seasons spent mostly on the sidelines due to injury, Quinn is aiming to recapture the form that led to representative honours back in 2008.

While the Storm were stripped of all competition points last year for their salary cap cheating, Quinn didn't play a game after round nine.

He had an operation on his back, which he damaged in the gym while recovering from thumb surgery.

In 2009 also underwent mid-season career-saving surgery to replace two discs in his neck.

The 28-year-old says he's feeling rejuvenated after the lengthy spells out of the game.

"The last two years have freshened me up a fair bit," Quinn said.

"Last year I only got to round nine and the year before there was that neck issue.

"Everything's been resolved now, I just have to monitor the workload I'm doing."

Quinn, who played three Origin games with NSW in 2008, said he faced tough competition to regain his Storm jersey from some young guns in the side including Matt Duffie, Chase Stanley and Justin O'Neill.

"I don't want to give up my spot at all.

"Since I've been back at training I can see I've definitely got a job cut out for me to regain that spot in the backline.

"I think I've got the knowledge and I'll definitely be putting in the hard work to regain that spot."

He only started running after Christmas but is hoping to be fit to play in at least one of the Storm's four pre-season trials next month, including games against Canberra in Bega on February 19 and Brisbane in Redcliffe on Feb 26.

Quinn said the side, which was forced by the salary cap to shed key personnel such as Greg Inglis, Ryan Hoffman, Brett White and Brett Finch, hadn't talked about their 2011 ambitions.

"We haven't thought about that yet.

"We've had such a large turnover of players in the club, we're just focused on performing to the standard we feel we should be at and whatever comes from that, so be it."

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