Former Australian Test flyer Aku Uate has started rehabilitation in a bid to revive his career after an ankle injury ended his English stint with Huddersfield.
Uate initially feared his playing days were over when his chronic injury forced him to leave a year and a bit into a three-year deal.
But since returning home earlier this month, the noted tryscorer is running again and hopeful of attracting NRL interest for 2021 and beyond.
“Yes mate of course I’m still keen to play but my family comes first,” Uate told the NCA NewsWire.
“I’ve started doing rehab running to try get myself back on field.”
Uate, 32, started his NRL career with Newcastle in 2008, scoring a try on debut.
He was a crowd favourite at the Knights, where he went on to become the club’s highest try scorer with 110 tries in 161 games between ‘08 and 2016.
Uate joined Manly in 2017 and had two strong seasons at the Sea Eagles before moving to England last year.
The ex-New South Wales, Australian and Fijian flyer is a proven performer when fit, as shown when he collected three Dally M Winger of the Year awards.
Uate would be a handy pick-up for any club, but he must overcome his knee injury to have any chance of continuing his stellar career.
The former Knights speedster caught up with his ex-teammates in Newcastle last week.
Uate posted a picture on Instagram at the Blue Door Kiosk in Merewether sitting alongside Kurt Gidley, Mark Hughes, and Paul ‘The Chief’ Harragon.
It is unlikely that Newcastle would offer the flyer a contract to return to the club where he made his name.
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