An emotional Jake Trbojevic has paid tribute to his brother Tom after the Sea Eagles fullback made a profitable return from an extended lay off with damage.
Tom was instrumental in Manly’s 31-6 opening spherical win over the Bulldogs, scoring the primary attempt of the sport and often posing a risk to the Bulldogs defence.
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Talking after full time, Jake mirrored on his brother’s run of accidents, the newest of which noticed him sidelined with a hamstring tear.
“I simply hope for some luck for him,” he mentioned.
“He’s the toughest employee I believe I’ve ever seen, he’s simply been unfortunate.
“It’s nice for not solely me to see him on the market however for the followers right here right this moment in addition to the NRL normally so yeah, it’s simply good that he’s on the market.
“It was a very thrilling day for the household. Taking part in on a Saturday in entrance of a very good crowd on a sunny day.
“We had all three brothers play right this moment as nicely which is absolutely particular.
”Having our youthful brother Ben within the facet with us is simply so particular, I simply can’t clarify.”
After solely enjoying seven video games in 2022, and simply 32 in his final three seasons, Tom suffered a shoulder damage which sidelined him for the rest of the season, earlier than sustaining a separate hamstring tear throughout a coaching session late final yr.
Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans, who scored a hat-trick on Saturday afternoon, additionally mentioned the Sea Eagles are a “higher workforce” with Trbojevic on the again.
“Like all fullback within the NRL, they’re an integral a part of the workforce so when he’s on the market we’re positively a greater workforce,” Cherry-Evans mentioned.
“Tom’s only one participant and one which does make an enormous affect however we’ve definitely spoken about ensuring we’re a whole workforce this yr.
“By no means taking away from the very fact of how good he’s, however we do wish to be sure that we’re enjoying a mode of footy that irrespective of who’s there that we’re doing a very good job.
“Immediately was a very good start line, I believed Tom had a terrific begin to the yr.”
Initially revealed as ‘So particular’: Brother’s emotional tribute for Tom Trbojevic’s return