Godsend: Rocky Brothers saving grace in march to grand final
RUGBY LEAGUE: Jarrod Earle's rugby league career was washed up. His love of the game was lost.
It was 2015. He'd gone under the knife four times for knee surgery alone, and suffered through a soul-destroying broken wrist.
He'd had enough. The spark he'd had since boyhood days had gone.
"I'd joined the Brisbane Broncos under-20s in 2012 but that was pretty short-lived," the 22-year-old mused.
"I broke my wrist and ended up moving back home. I've had two knee operations from footy and another two from powerlifting.
"The wrist was the toughest. I did it in a trial game and originally thought it was a cork on the bone. But after going to hospital and then knowing I couldn't give my all was pretty tough to take.
"Spending a lot of time on the sidelines does make you lose interest in the game. It caused me to not love the game."
Despite his battered knees needing endless strapping, Earle has rediscovered his love for the game.
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He struggled to explain how that urge to play returned, but he is grateful it did. His club even more so.
Rockhampton Brothers have used no fewer than 53 players in A-grade this season, their casualty ward more stocked with the injured than fit.
Their season was at a crisis point when Earle turned up at Damien Seibold's welcoming doorstep. "Jarrod has been really good for us. He got in touch with me halfway through the year about playing, his first few weeks were quite tough for him but the last few have been great," Seibold said.
"He is really starting to get more confidence from getting through games.
"We lost Justin Daniels and Ryan Chapman who have that ball playing ability, but he is a different style. They try and slow the pace down a little and create whereas he is just put the head down and go forward.
"It is simple but hard, and it is what we have needed."
Talk about a godsend.
Earle and the Brethren have had their backs against the wall all season and go into Saturday's grand final in the same manner.
The former power-lifting world champion will hold nothing back in attempting to dominate Norths Chargers monster pack.
"Norths are a big side but if we turn them around and hit them low they won't cause too much damage," the Brothers junior said.
"There isn't much special about my game. I just do a job in defence and cart the ball up.
"Teams wrote us off earlier in the season but we know if we turn up and play for each other we can come away with the win.
"We will do whatever it takes. I can't wait for this game."
The spark is clearly back. Look out Norths.