Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Holloway Overcomes Injury to Lead Southern Districts Jed's Battle; Holloway Fights from Injury Heartbreak to Captaincy

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Holloway Overcomes Injury to Lead Southern Districts Jed's Battle; Holloway Fights from Injury Heartbreak to Captaincy

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Byline: sports journalist sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

JED HOLLOWAY is a determined man.

Anyone who has played alongside him will tell you he leaves it all on the field, leading from the front with his form as much as his word.

He has shown this determination to his coaches over the last few months as he recovered from a shoulder injury, fighting his way back to the field after an agonising rehabilitation.

And you can hear it in the former Yamba Buccaneer's voice when he talks about the pride he feels after being awarded the captaincy for Shute Shield side Southern Districts, who he will lead out for the first time in their season-opener against Manly tomorrow.

The 22-year-old lock missed most of the pre-season with NSW Waratahs as he worked to completely rehabilitate his shoulder.

He rode the emotional rollercoaster as it slowly improved, trudging through the low points in his recovery just as eagerly as he lapped up the best times.

But throughout the "long and tough process" Holloway's fire to return to Allianz Stadium in the sky blue Waratahs' strip burned brightly, while his girlfriend, parents and other members of his close-knit group supported his every step.

"I'd get bored and have moments when I was mentally rattled," Holloway said. "Especially towards the start. I was trying to take it all on myself and it wasn't good.

"I'd come home and just get the sh*ts with people.

"After a while I realised I should use my resources and talk to people. My coaches, girlfriend, family - everyone. It was a good way to vent a bit then I could focus on getting on with it."

Holloway rebuilt his right shoulder through a combination of resistance bands and exercises, which slowly increased in difficulty as it became stronger.

He now has "about 85% strength" back in his right shoulder, and was able to use the injury to build muscle in his left. …

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