“There would have also been the mental side of things if I raced back early. I have a strict routine with how I prepare and what I do each day with video, extra kicking, massage, physio … my routine has held me in good stead my whole career.
“To now know we’ve had the baby – she’s happy, mum is doing great – it means I can now get right back into footy mode.”
Marissa needed to return to Sydney with their three other children before the Cowboys played South Sydney in round 24, when she was 36 weeks pregnant. She was not allowed to leave it any later to board a flight.
Townsend said the big focus on family had made his first season in Townsville more enjoyable.
Holmes and his wife are close with Townsend and his partner from their time together at Cronulla. Townsend vowed…