O’Neill: Cowboys adapting to frustration
NORTH Queensland veteran Justin O'Neill says he's taking "each week as it comes" as the NRL continually deals with fresh hurdles with just over a fortnight until the season restart.
From broadcast deals to state border closures, the league has had to deal with a different setback each week in its ambitious task of restarting the competition on May 28.
Players were only back at training last week, in limited numbers, and contact training has only begun this week.
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O'Neill said the players had to remain adaptable to all of the changes to ensure the game gets back underway.
"Our club has been really good so far," O'Neill said.
"That's something we can only focus on as individual clubs, every place is different. Queensland is different to New South Wales, and Victoria's a lot different to other states.
"We need to be taking it each week as it comes and adapting and being able to be adaptable to change.
"It is frustrating, the unknown and training towards a date, not knowing if that's the set date when we're playing games again.
"Everyone's trying to do the right thing and following the protocols. We're heading in the right direction and closer to that goal of playing on May 28."
O'Neill's NRL career was rocked last season after suffering a ruptured spleen in the Cowboys Round 11 clash against Canberra.
The 29-year-old spent four days in intensive care and took a further 10 months of recovery before he was able to take to the field again.
The Cowboys centre believed each club had just enough time to get the playing group conditioned for 80 minutes of NRL.
"We'll be spot on, I think," he said.
"The coaches have got programs set out and things we need to tick off.
"We need to get the contact aspect of our game, the technique ticked off, the conditioning aspect and bodies ready for 80 minutes of that continuous contact.
"If all the sport scientific parts are ticked off and they're all happy with the work we're getting done, they'll be happy for us to take the field."