Bulldogs Raymond Faitala-Mariner Injury, Retirement and Recovery, Phil Gould, Mole

Bulldogs striker Raymond Faitala-Mariner is making slow but steady progress as he tries to save his career.

Faitala-Mariner underwent a bone graft on her foot in the middle of the year after surgery on her foot months earlier did not heal properly.

Doctors say there is a 20 per cent chance that the heady striker, who managed just two games for the club this season, could be forced to retire.

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But the Bulldogs are gathering behind Faitala-Mariner, who is working hard to ensure his 28-year career is not over.

“He still has a long way to go, but he’s better this time compared to his previous surgery for the same injury,” Bulldogs supremo Phil Gould told Wide World of Sports.

“One can not question his courage and work ethic – he really puts in.

“He is still in rehab and running only at 50 percent of his body weight. But no pain so far, which is encouraging. He has been able to participate in weight programs.

“No contact or tackle technique training yet.

“We still have to get him up to support full body weight – then run at full speed. Then change direction. Up and down and the like.

“He’s barely played since 2020, so he has a lot of ground to make up. He gives it everything he can.”

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