Edrick Lee has a left arm Bunnings would be proud to call its own.
There's enough hardware in there to fill a small section in aisle six.
To be precise - 14 screws and two plates. All holding together the troublesome forearm he broke for a second time earlier this season.
"Yeah, there's a fair bit in there," he laughs.
"A plate and six screws from last year's operation and another eight screws and a second plate this time. The breaks were in different spots. This latest one was a bit lower on the bone.
"The surgery for it was a bit different this time. A sort of different style op and the recovery time was a bit quicker than last year.
"But it's all positive signs. I'm just trying to make sure I do everything right to keep going."
It's the third time the tall, rangy Knights winger has broken an arm. His snapped his right arm first, several years back, when he was at the Canberra Raiders.
He missed the final 10 games for the Knights last season after breaking his left arm against the Brisbane Broncos in round 15 and was out for nine games this year after snapping it in round 8 against Manly.
He returned against the Roosters last weekend and was one of the best performers in a badly beaten side.
He says the mental doubts have been every bit as difficult to deal with as the physical challenges.
"I was shattered when I was told I'd done it again because at the time, I didn't really think that I'd broken it," he said. "I've had to go through a lot of adversity and it definitely challenges you at times because you are always wondering why.
"It's always in the back of your mind how you are going to return. Doing it again and again, you do question yourself. But I've had great support from my family to keep going and drag myself out of feeling sorry for myself.
"And the big thing's been the athlete within myself just wants to compete, wants to be out there playing. That's been my drive."
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Lee admitted to being more nervous than usual prior to his Roosters return.
He'd heard all the stories about Mal Meninga and his four broken arms but wasn't tempted into sporting big Mal's signature arm guard.
"I didn't want to be running around with a big cannon on my arm," he said. "It might have looked a bit strange on me. I just had faith in my recovery process.
"I was a bit nervous going into the game but there were mixed emotions. I was nervous but at the same time, I was proud and confident that I'd done the work and got back earlier than expected.
"The doctor's really happy with it how it's healed. The biggest thing I probably worry about is my strength and that's why I didn't make it back last season because I didn't think my strength was where it needed to be. That's definitely something I've worked really hard on this time, the weak points, just to make sure I'm really confident when I run the ball."
Lee said his first touch against the Roosters eased any tension he was feeling.
"I was looking up, trying to work out who I was going to go at with my first carry but once I got that out of the way, I was all good," he said.
Now it's about making up for lost time and having an influence as the club prepares for it's first finals series in seven years.
And as for the hardware?
"There's the option to have them taken out at some stage but I think I'll just leave them in until the end of my career and make a decision then," he said.
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