‘It’s been a long process but it’s all paid off’

‘It’s been a long process but it’s all paid off’ Written by GREG PRICHARD, March 5, 2016

PETER Wallace has been through the injury horrors for two seasons straight, but he confidently says he has “ticked all the boxes” along the way to his comeback on Saturday.

The 30-year-old halfback will step out for Penrith against Canberra at GIO Stadium with a couple of trial runs under his belt and a burning desire to get through the season without again being cut down.

The 2014 season ended early for him because of a torn ACL and the same thing happened again last season.

“It has been a long process and a lot of time in the gym and a lot of time training alone, but it has all paid off and I’m right to go this week,” Wallace tells RLW.

“My knee’s good, it’s been a really good rehab. You have little setbacks, but nothing major, you know, just little niggles along the way. Apart from that it’s been very smooth and I’ve ticked every single box, so it has gone well. Now I just want to get some footy under my belt.”

After going deep into the finals the previous year, the Panthers had a massive injury toll last year and dropped to 11th. Wallace says it would be great to open with a win over the Raiders, but that the main thing was to produce a good performance and build on that.

“A win would be the perfect start to the year, but the year is a lot bigger than just this weekend,” Wallace says. “So we just want to get off to a good start and even if that’s not winning, but playing well, we can go on from there.”

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