Former Wigan Warriors and Salford Red Devils star Jackson Hastings has been doing it tough in the latter half of the 2022 NRL season.
After being the victim of a horrendous hip-drop tackle that saw him sidelined for the last few months of the campaign, Hastings has been a steady trail of rehabilitation.
Today, he posted a video on his Twitter detailing the strength recovery in his calf, ankle and foot is improving as he battles back to earn a place at the World Cup.
Hastings tweeted: “Before I get the 10 tweets asking if I’ll be able to play next year.. im looking to play this year.”
Before I get the 10 tweets asking if I’ll be able to play next year.. im looking to play this year. 😁
— Jackson Hastings (@JackoHastings) September 9, 2022
That, of course, hints that Hastings is not giving up on earning a spot in Shaun Wane’s England World Cup squad with that prestigious tournament starting in earnest in October.
The former Wigan and Salford man has created quite the impression at Wests Tigers since making the move after almost four years in Super League, with Hastings taking almost everyone (Down Under) by surprise to become the Tigers’ most influential player.
Now, Hastings is in a race against time to be fit for the World Cup.
“I begged the doctor to put me in a moon boot and aim for 10 weeks,” Hastings told the Fox League Podcast.
“I was walking around the stadium at the end of the game so I didn’t actually think I’d broken my leg,” Hastings said.
“I was hoping there was something wrong because I was running around like an idiot and then when I got up and did a squat after the physio made me, I thought I might be a chance to play, but then I took a step and it wasn’t right.
“I’m pretty stubborn with things like this, I remember the moment I said 10 weeks to the doctor and he sort of looked at me like I was a bit funny and once he operated and it went well, he’s on board with it now. Well he had no option because I was going for it anyway.
“So I’m going for 10 week and, some people might say I’m crazy or it’s unsafe but I’ve got a goal in the back of my mind that I want to achieve and usually when you put your mind to something, you get it.
“But also if I know it’s no good or I can’t run or I’m in too much pain and I couldn’t do my job then I wouldn’t put it at risk.”
Who knows? Will Hastings make it into Wane’s thinking? Watch this space!