Bronco muscles up for Yow Yeh's return

ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL: Jharal Yow Yeh says he won’t be the same player when he finally returns to the NRL after suffering a compound fracture in his leg last year.
ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL: Jharal Yow Yeh says he won’t be the same player when he finally returns to the NRL after suffering a compound fracture in his leg last year.

IF BRONCOS and Australian winger Jharal Yow Yeh does return to the NRL, don't expect him to be the same player.

That's the word from the unlucky back, who yesterday admitted he has been forced to change his running style in a bid to get back to the big time.

The 23-year-old has not featured in the top flight since he was struck down by one of the worst injuries seen on a footy field against South Sydney in round four last year.

There were fears an ugly compound fracture in his lower right leg would end his promising career in one fell swoop.

But Yow Yeh has refused to give up, and, contrary to some media reports, said he was more determined than ever to return to the elite level.

"I'm not writing myself off, that's for sure," he said. "I'm just going to have to change my game a little bit."

The main change will be mostly giving away his trademark sidestep, instead running straighter lines in attack.

"I've still got my jump so I'm pretty happy with that," Yow Yeh said. "I've always jumped off my left foot anyway.

"But I'm probably not going to be as agile so I'm going to have to be a bit of a bigger winger and try to run over the top of some people.

"I'll be doing a lot more straight-line running instead of stepping around."

To compensate, he has concentrated on adding muscle and power to his 187cm, 96kg frame.

"The gym coach at the Broncos (Dan Baker) is really good there. He's looking after me," Yow Yeh said.

Restricted to 11 games for Broncos feeder side Norths this season, largely because of minor knee and hand injuries, he said he had been happy with the way he had trained with the Broncos when given the opportunity.

"When I'm out there I'm still sticking with the boys - I don't look out of place at all," he said.

With his lucrative contract set to expire at the end of 2015, Yow Yeh said he was keen to impress the club next season in a bid to be re-signed.

He is intent on recapturing the sort of form which saw him selected for the Maroons and Kangaroos in 2011.

"I just need to get some more footy time at the start of next year (in pre-season trials) and will hopefully be playing round one with the Broncos," he said.

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