Moonboot won’t keep fullback out of the grand final, says Ivan Cleary

Moonboot won’t keep fullback out of the grand final, says Ivan Cleary

Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has brushed aside concerns that a foot injury will keep Dylan Edwards out of Sunday’s NRL grand final, saying a moon boot and crutches are part of the fullback’s normal routine.

A day out from the grand final, Cleary confirmed that Edwards will meet South Sydney at Suncorp Stadium and emphasized the extra precautions are as he has been suffering from the same injury for weeks.

At the start of the week, Edwards was spotted in a moon boat and crutches, fueling fears that the livewire No.1 was in serious doubt with a foot injury.

But for Saturday’s captaincy run at Suncorp Stadium, where Edwards was expected to undergo a fitness test, Cleary did his best to allay those fears.

“I haven’t seen him to be honest, but that’s good news,” the coach told media.

“Dylan’s okay, he’s right. I’m sure both teams have players with injuries, we certainly have, but we’ve had that for a while.

“I am amazed at the resilience of these guys and the courage they show every week. They just refuse not to play and they keep showing up and doing their thing and I’m sure tomorrow will be the same.

“(Edwards has) started the week on crutches and in a moon boat for the last three weeks, so that’s just to take the weight off the foot.

“By the time training comes, he saves it and does his thing.

“When I saw him last week, he is one of our best. He is very important to this team.”

The 25-year-old is one of the heroes of the team and his hard back and support play will be crucial against the Rabbitohs on Sunday.

A 16-10 loss to Souths in week one of the final came without Edwards at the back as he nursed the foot injury that threatened to keep him out of Sunday’s decision.

Despite averaging 191 running yards per game this year, he remains humble to all but his Panthers teammates.

“He’s just one of those guys that the guys love to play with. He’s extremely strong, he’s durable, he’s attacked a lot by other teams, which roughly shows how valuable he is. They see him as a threat,” said Cleary .

“He’s one of those great teammates that our guys love.

“That’s probably the strength of our team that these guys are so close and connected and that every player on the team is doing their job.”


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