Tom Cusack will concentrate on his studies while he is recovering from a knee injury. Photo: Rohan Thomson
TOM CUSACK'S dream of a Super Rugby contract has been put on hold for now but the Australian Sevens star has not given up hope of one day playing for the ACT Brumbies.
The 19-year-old injured his anterior cruciate ligament while playing in the John I Dent Cup for the Royals in August, an injury set to keep him out of the game for between 10 to 12 months.
Cusack was on the verge of signing with the Brumbies for next season before sustaining the injury, but says that he is still managing to stay positive about his future and that he has plenty to look forward to.
"Obviously it was disappointing," he said. "It came at a really bad time with the 15's season finishing and the 7's season starting, but I guess that's just the life of a football player.
"I'll just focus on the rehab phase of the injury now and make sure my knee is 100 per cent before I come back."
Cusack made his debut for the Australian Rugby Sevens side in January and is determined to make the most of his opportunities in both forms of the game.
"Sevens always has been and will continue to be an important component of my footy career," he said. "It's enhanced my 15's game a lot, and with it being an Olympic sport now it is definitely a path I'm interested in continuing to go down."
The Canberra local is studying a Bachelor Degree in Sports Science & Coaching at the University of Canberra.
"At least I can give Uni the attention that it deserves for a while, which is great," he said.
"Studying will help me keep my mind off the injury, too."