Cartwright training with Spud Carroll

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Bryce Cartwright is training house down with torturous gym sessions as he prepares for NRL comeback

He’s the bloke many would like to see fail, but Bryce Cartwright is ready to win over NRL fans after linking with a legendary hard man.

Here is the undeniable proof that Bryce Cartwright is busting a gut to reinvigorate his stalled NRL career.

Cartwright, the former Penrith and Gold Coast star, has been torturing his body during gruelling training sessions at the Darlinghurst gymnasium of former rugby league hardman Mark “Spudd” Carroll.

Boxing sessions, rowing machines, arm curls — Cartwright is preparing himself physically to start training next week with new club Parramatta.

“I feel 10-foot tall coming out of that gym,” Cartwright said. “I’m feeling really strong, fast, explosive and have put on a few extra kilos of muscle. It’s the best shape I have been going into a pre-season before.

“My hunger is growing every day. I want to get back to my best and get better each day. I not only want to prove other people wrong but prove to myself that I can become the player again that I know I can be.

“The last couple of years, I was probably worrying about proving other people wrong and didn’t worry about proving things to myself. That’s been my main focus now, to believe in myself and not worry about what other people think.

“I feel awesome. Training with ‘Spudd’ has given me that extra confidence. He rips into me at training and pumps up my tyres. I just want to rip in and get a spot in that first 13. I can’t wait.

“I’m just so excited to be back in Sydney. I’m settled in and am going to a top-four team. I haven’t played since July. I had a month off and have been training ever since.

“My body feels really fresh. I’m holding 109kg pretty comfortably.”

Cartwright has been driving from Colyton in Sydney’s west to Darlinghurst in the east twice a week for sessions, which start at 6am. That’s a round trip of 100km.

A physical session on Monday was Cartwright’s 21st under Carroll’s watch.

Carroll contacted Cartwright’s manager Allan Gainey after reading a Daily Telegraph exclusive back-page story on September 21 that said Cartwright had been granted an early release from Gold Cast but wanted to continue his NRL career in Sydney.

"I wanted to get my hands on him so I rang up his manager and said if Bryce needed help, he should give me a ring,” Carroll said. “He called within 20 minutes and we started the next day.

“Bryce is a freak. At 26, he is built like granite. He is six foot, four inches and has every requirement to be a destroyer in the middle — and he is starting to believe that.

I’ve been giving it to him at the gym, old-school cardio stuff I learned off Dessie (Hasler). It is repetitive stuff at pace and with intensity.

All one-minute efforts, that’s what rugby league is. Six tackles, one minute, take a breath and go again. He will hit the ground running with fitness.”

Cartwright was named as a NSW development player in 2016 before his career flatlined at Penrith and then Gold Coast.

“Bryce has had a bit of pressure in his life,” Carroll said. “The interaction at the gym has been good for him. He has never once been late. We start a 6am but he always gets there five minutes early.

“He is getting up early to train. I’ve told him to seize the day. Bryce has been training with a couple of my dudes who can be a bit crazy and you can see he has changed. He looks you in the eye.

"I told (Eels coach) Brad Arthur you’re going to get a ‘good one’ if you sign him up. I don’t do that very often but I just think there is an opportunity for this kid because I hate seeing natural talent go to waste and he certainly has that.” 

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      • I stand corrected 

        • Corrected but thankfully not erected.

          • Now you're just teasing !!!

  • I know Bryce and his family. Not close friends by any nature but enough to know that he is taking this fair dinkum. His family support and base is well around him and he needs that . He has settled down a lot from the ratbag at Penrith.  I still think that this signing has a lot of potential upside.  You dont lose ability - you lose desire, you lose motivation and hunger to put in the hard yards.   If SPUD can get those back into Bryce and he gets his defensive flaws corrected - you have one hell of an footballer for $130K.  

    • Well said PT, and good spelling today mate! Yes he does not lose ability but the rest yes. Commitment is the key.

  • Get out o f the gym and work on tackling till March. If not, piss off.

    • He knows how to tackle, not doing it doesn't meant he doesn't know how to do it. His issues have been the mental side of things and this seems to indicate he's starting to get that right. He didn't look happy at the Coast, hell they've now come out and said Garth Brennan warned them about Mick Gordon and they did nothing, then hired him as an assistant Coach. Things might not have been too rosie there and he may have wanted out - pure speculation on my part, but that's the way it looked when he was playing.

    • You are a special one - ay Aracom?

      Obviously you have NFI that fitness is paramount to being able to continually tackle throughout a match.

      This is gold.

       

      • Yes pure gold . I don't go to the gym but tackled I have . I have never heard of tacking apparatus in a gym . How do you train in a gym  to improve your tackling  lol ?

        • It is called ORF SEEZUN pre season team training Driza

          1 = GET FIT. Fitness is paramount to be able to play RL.

          2 Join team for pre season training and TACKLE practice. Pre season training should have started by now and goes all the way through until the season proper starts. 

          I suspect there will be enough time in there for at least one session per week.

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