1,056 days after his last appearance in a Storm jersey, Slade Griffin makes his return tonight.
After being struck down by injuries in recent years, the 25-year old has been selected by Craig Bellamy to make his comeback tonight in Wollongong against the Dragons, nearly three years after his last appearance in Round 20, 2013.
Griffin’s determination and diligence in rehabilitation has seen the New Zealand born utility forward selected in the Storm run on side after making his comeback for Easts Tigers in the Queensland Cup in May.
In 2012, Griffin suffered a season ending knee injury after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during pre-season. He fought back to make his first-grade debut in the opening round of 2013 and make 11 appearances for Storm during that season.
Griffin’s past two years have been both devastatingly ended by injury. In both 2014 and 2015, Griffin suffered ACL injuries just over a month into each season, prematurely ending his year on both occasions.
The Cobden-Kohinoor Keas junior’s application and willingness to rebound again from last year’s injury, the third major setback of his career sees the popular forward make it back onto the paddock tonight.