Winis keen on Cup rebound


MENDI Muruks halfback Milex Winis says he had a disappointing Digicel Cup season due to an ankle injury which kept him out of the side for most of the campaign.
The 23-year-old played just three games early in the season before he got injured in the Muruks’ 36-8 win over Kimbe Cutters in round four at the Lae Rugby League Ground in the Morobe capital. Unable to return to the Petroleum Resources Kutubu-sponsored team, Winis watched from the sidelines until the Muruks got knocked out in the semifinal against runners-up Waghi Tumbe.
The Tambul, Western Highlands native, was replaced by Joshia Jimmy, who joined the Muruks from Kimbe Cutters on a mid-season transfer.
“I was disappointed because I started the season well and was hopeful of a strong campaign,” Winis told The National on Monday.
“The injury was a huge setback as I couldn’t return to the starting side.
“But I’ve now put all that behind me as I look forward to the new season.”
Fully recovered from the injury, he is now competing in offseason leagues to stay fit.
“I’ve played a few games with Medics in the Mt Hagen Rugby League competition,” Winis said.
“We are now preparing to head to Mendi for the Southern Highlands Nines.
“I want to use the tournament to regain my confidence and form.
“Hopefully, I can make it to the Muruks squad again and earn a spot for the 2022 season.”
Winis said he would remain loyal to the Southern Highlands franchise.

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