Parramatta Eels forward and 2013 Ken Thornett Medallist Darcy Lussick has been recovering over the off-season after needing groin surgery in early September.


We caught up with Darcy to find out how his recovery process is going - and he says its a long, and sometimes frustrating process.


Its going alright, all-up will be about three months; but Im about six weeks into it now, so slowly getting there, he said.


I was injured [with] probably about eight to ten weeks [of the season to go], and I probably needed surgery around them, but I got through the season, and then had surgery after.


Despite being in pain, Darcy didnt show any signs of his injury until the offseason, and battled through it for the second half of 2013.


I was managing it so I didnt run during the week, and only played - which I guess isnt all that bad, he laughed.


It was painful but it wasnt too bad. [The surgery] was just something that need to be done.


But the surgery timing has worked out well, with Darcy expected to be back in peak fitness come the start of 2014.


Pre-season training is probably not the most exciting thing about playing footy, but itll be good to get back and see the boys and get back into the routine, he said.


I wont be back to full training until early January, but I can start running again about three weeks, so its a slow process and Ill take it week by week.