Just a few weeks ago, Fa’manu Brown resigned from his career because he was behind the TV camera instead of in front of them.
The 27-year-old Brown’s career came to an abrupt end on Friday night when the Tigers’ 36-22 win over the Bulldogs ended with a major leg injury three years ago.
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The talented utility has been told by experts to retire and recently made a temporary return to the game after a long layoff with North Sydney in the NSW Cup.
Meanwhile, he was working as a videographer, finishing in-house shooting for real estate agents.
“You have to eat and I thought that was the only way for me to make money – football is over,” he said.
“I was told I could not run again, let alone play.
“Expert after expert told me to retire. They even sent scans of my feet to the United States and to no avail.
“So I did my own research online and found a doctor in Melbourne who was an expert on my injury type and he got good results with the AFL players.
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“I went to him, he had surgery and since then it’s been a slow, steady process. I went to England, played a season with Featherstone Rovers to fix myself and regain my confidence.
“Two weeks ago I was in the Bears, then the Tigers got a chance – it’s been a whirlwind.”
Destroyed by injuries, the Tigers threw a jumper at Brown in a significant collision with the dogs – and he responded with two match-turning attempts.
“I’m on the moon – I couldn’t script better than this,” said the former shark and bulldog.
“It’s been a long and difficult three years but I have refused to give up and I know I still have a long way to go.
“I’m on a train and trial deal for the season and hopefully get more playing time – I don’t want the Tigers to be a one-hit surprise.”
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