Parramatta Eels young gun Kelepi Tanginoa is getting ready to return to full fieldwork with the Blue and Gold in the next few weeks, as he finally gets rid of the moonboot that's limited his training for the second half of the 2013 NRL season.


Tanginoa pulled up injured after the Eels' round 10 match against the St George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium, with a combination of hand and ankle injuries keeping him out of action for the rest of the season.


But the young second rower says he can't wait to start putting in the hard yards again with the full squad, as the Eels continue to train throughout September.


For Tanginoa, it's the first step to building on the form that saw him take home the Eric Grothe Senior Rookie of the Year Award at the 2013 Eels Presentation Evening.


"I see the doctor today and we can take [the moonboot] off today, then I'll be running next week or the following week," Tanginoa said.


"I've been doing a lot of cardio just to keep me fit and keep me going, but I'm looking forward to running on the paddock again."


"The award wasn't expected, and I actually thought some other players would get it, but it was so exciting and it just amazed me."


"I know the effort I put in on debut and the nine games I played, and it meant so much to me and my parents."


"Hopefully I can just continue to perform [next season]."





Tanginoa was spending the day helping run drills at the Parramatta City Council school holiday rugby league clinic, even meeting the hosts of Chanel Ten's new Wake Up TV.


And Tanginoa admitted he was pleasantly surprised by the 200-plus turn-out.


"To see them run around and enjoy the game, it's impressive. It's awesome to be here and be able to help them out," Tanginoa said.