Off-field awakening key to Freier’s Roar return

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Spending a year on the sidelines has gifted Brisbane Roar attacker Sharn Freier with a new perspective on football.

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Days after playing her first game for over a year, the attacker was filled with gratitude to be back playing alongside her teammates.

Roar’s number 11 also added a goal to mark her return to the top level.

“It was very exciting for me… it’s been a long time,” Freier told The Football Sack.

“It felt good to finally get out of the gym after being stuck in there with my rehab.”

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Like many who’ve undergone the tedious and lengthy rehabilitation for an ACL injury, Freier had doubts about returning to the top level.

“Everyone who’s gone through the same injury knows it’s quite hard,” she said.

“Mentally, you’ve just got to take it day by day and make very small progress which does make it a bit challenging.”

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“It crossed my mind a couple of times. It wasn’t so much not getting back to playing but just at what level or standard I would be at coming back.”

The challenging period in rehab divulged to Freier the importance of putting in time and effort away from the pitch.

“I’ve never been one to make gym work or rehab a priority, however, ever since doing my knee I have a better understanding of how important it is,” she explained.

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“It’s opened my eyes as to how important it is to focus not just on game day but also on nutrition and recovery to avoid having any other significant injuries.”

“I don’t think I miss a gym session now.”

Freier’s diligence away from game day looks set to hold her in good stead as the season progresses.

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“I’m looking to build more game time after being out for so long.”

“I feel the rehab has made me a lot stronger, so there were some positives to come out of it.”

Feature Image Credit: Kyoko Kurihara

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Liam Cook
Aspiring football enthusiast. Covering Brisbane Roar in 2022/23.

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