Andrews hoping to step up for All Stars clash
Manly's Tyson Andrews says his recovery from post-season knee surgery is going to plan and he will be ready to play in the NRL All Stars match if selected.
The former Maroochydore junior had clean-out surgery in September to re-grow a significant amount of damaged cartilage.
He returned to running earlier this month and is expected to commence full contact training in the new year.
The 24-year-old forward is earmarked as a suitable replacement for several starting Sea Eagles players who have departed the club, including Anthony Watmough, Glenn Stewart and Jason King.
Tyson, a 104kg wrecking ball, played four NRL matches for Manly last year and greatly impressed Sea Eagles mentor Geoff Toovey with his solid performances.
But Andrews refused to get ahead of himself and said he was, for now, concentrating on getting his leg back to a 100% to give himself the best chance of running out for the NRL Indigenous All Stars team on February 12.
"I have started running again so things are definitely getting better," he said.
"I am hoping to get selected in the Indigenous All Stars and get a run there."
Andrews joined his teammates on their recent trip to Mount Kosciusko for a boot camp.
Things got very hairy and the trip had to be cut short after some of the players experienced the early stages of hypothermia.
Luckily for Andrews, he had not been permitted to climb with the rest of the team and instead did weights at the base of the mountain with fellow injured Manly players Jamie Buhrer, Brenton Lawrence and Steve Matai.
"The boys came back early because of the weather, which went sour and got a bit hectic from that they told us," he said. "We jumped in with them and did a little boot camp when they got back, which was good.
"It is a good bonding thing and for everyone to experience together and you definitely come out the other side stronger."
Should he gain selection for the Indigenous All Stars, Andrews named Greg Inglis as the man he would most like to line up alongside.
"There are so many wonderful indigenous players in the game, but Greg Inglis would be great to play footy with," he said.
"He is the form player in the competition and it would be special."
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