Ryan Papenhuyzen plans to return to Philadelphia to see renowned rehabilitation specialist Bill Knowles as the Melbourne star eyes a remarkable round-one NRL comeback from his broken ankle.
Papenhuyzen remains on crutches after doing extensive damage to his leg and ankle last month, just three NRL games back from a 15-month lay off due to a fractured kneecap.
The Storm fullback had immediately feared he was facing another 12 months on the sideline, after looking down and seeing his foot facing the wrong way when the weight of teammate Nelson Asofa-Solomona landed on him in week one of the finals.
He had immediate surgery, with a broken fibula, damage to his tibia, a ruptured deltoid and ruptured syndesmosis.
But Papenhuyzen insists his current predicament is far brighter than this point last year, hopeful he will back at his peak performance by the time next season kicks off.
The Storm No.1 will learn in the next few weeks whether his trip to Philadelphia will go ahead, as he maps out…