FOR a player who has seemingly been put back together more times than Humpty Dumpty, Melbourne Storm’s Anthony Quinn has done well to play 200 NRL games, a milestone he will reach when the Storm takes on Canberra on Saturday at AAMI Park.
The 29-year-old has had operations to insert two artificial discs in his neck and repair his back, thumb surgery, a horrendous concussion, which left him convulsing on the field, as well as the usual litany of repairs players require.
But does Quinn ever look beyond the next game and try to picture what his body might be like later in life?
”At some stages,” he said. ”You always think, will the surgery on the neck withstand the next 20, 30, 40 years?
”But the only advice you can go off is the medical advice and they always say that it will be fine. No regrets at all. It’s been fun. I’ve come back from all the injuries pretty good so I don’t think anything’s holding me back.”
Quinn said he believes medical science, which has aided in keeping his career going for 11 seasons, could provide the answers for him if there are any problems in future. ”If things happen 30, 40, 50 years down the track I’m sure the technology and medical advances in those years will be able to fix everything up,” he said, then added with a laugh: ”I’ll just get a new body.”
Quinn said his body was in good shape, with the long injury lay-offs having helped him.
”It’s been tough but it’s just the way you look after yourself after those operations … So I just keep on top of that and make sure the diet’s good and I keep healthy.”
Quinn, who played his first Storm game in 2007 after being recruited from Newcastle, is off-contract this year and was unsure whether his future remained in Melbourne.
”I think it’s pretty rare for a player to only have two clubs in 11 seasons. We may try and keep it that way but we’ll see what happens,” he said.
Quinn, who for most of his career has been a specialist winger, said he had enjoyed his transformation into more of a utility player this season.
”I knew it might have been on the cards, they always said you’ll end up in the forwards somewhere at some stage,” he said. ”I’d tried to do my best and I’ve done all right.”
■Queensland captain Cameron Smith declared New South Wales five-eighth Todd Carney would be one of several Blues players whose games could fall apart if they are pressured during tomorrow’s state-of-origin decider.
”Toddy’s a great player and he’s in great form this year but it’s a different environment playing [origin] at Suncorp in front of 50,000 Queenslanders giving the Blues hell,” he said.
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