High-flying Canberra winger Edrick Lee has used the time he’s spent on the sidelines with a broken arm improving his running and jumping power.
Vertically-challenged NRL wingers watch out – leaping Edrick Lee reckons he’s jumping higher than ever.
The Canberra winger’s 2013 season was cruelly cut short by a broken arm suffered in round 13 against the Broncos.
It meant the 196cm Lee finished the year with nine games and seven tries – many of which were from aerial assaults.
However as with every crushing blow there’s always a silver lining to be found, and in this case Lee will have had nine months to work on his leg drive when the Raiders’ 2014 NRL season kicks off against the Cowboys on March 8.
The 21-year-old said his vertical leap was one particular aspect of his game that he’d spent time working on.
“Mainly I’m just trying to be a more powerful athlete,” the former Brisbane Bullets basketball development squad player said.
“I was pretty much working on lower body, so that will really help me out on the field.
“I think through the lower body I’ve also gotten a lot faster.”
Lee and 2013 Mal Meninga Medal winner Anthony Milford are the two Raiders youngsters identified by Queensland Origin selectors as potential stars.
The duo travelled up to Brisbane a few weeks ago for the emerging Maroons squad, providing Lee with a much needed message that he hadn’t been forgotten whilst stuck on the sidelines.
“Just having this injury I wasn’t too sure where I was at, but it gave me more belief and more confidence going forward,” he said.
“Just to be in that camp with the likes of Ben Barba, it’s a big boost for myself.”