It was only just over a month ago that Cameron King succumbed to his fourth ACL injury but the 28-year-old Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks recruit is using his recovery program to interact with the rugby league community in uncertain times.
Speaking to former St George Illawarra Dragons teammate and True Blue Jamie Soward on the Sweet & Soward Podcast, King gave an insight into his injury rehabilitation and the spark that motivated him to make his recovery public.
“It’s not how I saw my year going (getting the injury), but there’s a lot of worse things happening at the moment,” King said.
“I know what’s ahead of me in terms of the recovery and the rehab, so I just started looking around (on social channels) and there were a lot people going through the same sort of thing.
“I just thought I could try and use my platform as an athlete and on Instagram to help people track my recovery.”
While King is providing some unique content to help followers stay occupied during self-isolation, the Wagga Wagga junior is finding the most enjoyment from his interaction with fans.
It's not the first time he has taken to social media to bring some light-hearted humour to the Rugby League community after he posted his CV on Twitter in search for a new NRL club.
He hopes that his own rehabilitation recovery can provide inspiration to those experiencing hardships of any nature.
“If people can take something out of it and learn from it as well, I feel like that’s something I can give back,” King explained.
“Obviously I am going to go through the ups and downs and high and lows. It’s such a mental and physical battle, an ACL re-construction, and I thought if I can help people out in any way.
“I’m getting lots of questions and really enjoying writing back to people who I don’t know, sharing my story and listening to their stories, so It has been pretty good so far.”
King has 43 first-grade games to his name having played for the Dragons, Cowboys and Eels across seven seasons.
He played for the Featherstone Rovers last year, playing in two Challenge Cup fixtures, before signing with the Sharks for the new 2020 campaign.
If you’re interested in Cameron King’s recovery and want to keep track of his progress, follow @ckingyyyy on Instagram.