Brumbies player Matt Toomua gets a pass away during a training session yesterday. Photo: Colleen Petch
A heart-to-heart with club greats has helped to reassure Brumbies star Matt Toomua he can can get back to his best when he returns from knee surgery next year.
Toomua's breakout Super Rugby season came to a shattering halt when he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament early this year.
But wise words from past and present Brumbies who have overcome similar adversity has the fly-half brimming with confidence he can follow suit.
''[Brumbies skipper] Ben Mowen did his ACL a while ago, [former Brumbies and Wallabies hooker] Jeremy Paul spoke to me as well, and hearing those stories you feel it's possible to come back, and come back well,'' Toomua said yesterday.
''Jeremy played his best footy at Test level after he did his, and it's good to know that.
''I haven't played footy yet so, in terms of that reassurance it will progress. But at the same time I know it's possible.''
Assistant coach Stephen Larkham, himself a former star fly-half, has also provided a guiding hand through Toomua's rehabilitation.
Larkham endured his own battles with knee injuries during his playing career, and has helped give Toomua belief it's a setback he can overcome.
''He's been great for me and seeing someone who has done it at the highest level gives you every confidence,'' Toomua said.
Toomua took part in the Brumbies first pre-season field session yesterday, but is adopting a cautious approach to his comeback.
While nine months of rehabilitation has made him restless, he is wary of rushing things and suffering a further setback.
''I'm just monitoring my loads and keeping off my feet where I can,'' he said.
The Canberra Times believes Toomua is looking to secure a short stint at an overseas club in order to to build his match fitness for the Super Rugby season. Jon Tuxworth