Boas aims to rebound


PAPUA New Guinea international and Doncaster halfback Watson Boas says he eager to rebound from wretched year, hampered a injury, with a strong club and representative campaign next season.
The 26-year-old, who remains in Kumuls coach Michael Marum’s 2022 Rugby League World Cup plans, returned to PNG on Sunday after the end of the English Betfred League One season last month.
Boas told The National on Monday that he would be in the country for two months before returning to the United Kingdom in January for another season with the third-tier club.
“My focus while being here is to spend as much time with my family and recover from the anterior cruciate ligament surgery I underwent in August,” he said.
“It’s always a great feeling to return home and reunite with my family, especially my son.
“He was the main reason I came back.”
When asked about his season with Doncaster following his stint with the SP Hunters earlier this year, the former Rabaul Guria said 2021 had been one of the toughest campaigns of his rugby league career.
“This year was a bad one because of the seriousness of the injury,” he said.
“I went through lot, being away from my family and getting injured and then not playing.
“This was one of the worst years, but I’m happy I got through everything.
“Now, I’m slowly getting back to my feet.
“I’m recovering well and working on my rehabilitation, so hopefully I’ll start playing again by May (next year).”
Boas said having to sit on the sideline and watch his teammates play was a bitter experience.
“My purpose there is to play, so for me to sit on the sideline and watch the game is not a good sight,” he said.
“Sometimes I don’t go and watch the games because I don’t feel good sitting on the sideline and watching them play.”
But despite his injury and being unable to complete the rest of the season, Boas was re-signed by Doncaster for three more years.
“I am thrilled to re-sign with Doncaster because the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has affected everyone,” he said.
“If I had left and returned home when I was injured, I don’t know what I would do.
“But I’m happy that I still have income for my family.
“Even though I had a major injury, the club still had faith in me.
“So I’ll focus on my recovery and rehabilitation for now and I’ll go back in January.
“Hopefully by May, I’ll be able to return to the pitch.”