Jillaroos Caitlin Moran, who solidified herself as a household rugby league name after slotting home a last-minute field goal against New Zealand to steal the victory at the death, is set to return to the playing field after nearly a year away from the game.
Sources have confirmed Moran has returned to the Hunter, and is finalising a release from her Sydney side Penrith Brothers. The switch would see her combine with Australian teammates Isabelle Kelly, Bec Young, and Kylie Hilder, to name a few.
The NSW Women’s Premiership competition is currently in the midst of a two-week Easter break, with Rick Stone’s Newcastle outfit set to next step onto the field on on Saturday, April 27 when they welcome the Magpies to St Johns Oval.
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Moran, who snapped her ACL just weeks into an interstate move to Brisbane to play in the inaugural NRL Womens premier competition for the Broncos, admitted to NRL.com she was “a wreck” after the injury.
“I’ve been playing since I was six. You go from playing every weekend and being around a team environment to just a complete stop sitting there doing nothing,” the Australian playmaker said.
“It was tough, I had to move back home because of mental issues. I wasn’t coping very well and needed that support network.
“I’m back to full everything but it does take a fair while. All of a sudden once you start doing good everything piles on. I’m not going to push it.”
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While CRL Newcastle playtime could come within the month, Moran has also declared her interest in returning to the theatre of State of Origin. The cut-off deadline for her full match fitness, if she is to bid for a place among the 2019 Blues, will be June 21.
The Novocastrian star has already attended a Blues training camp at the NSW Rugby League Centre of Excellence in March.