Aaron set for surprise return
By MITCHELL DALE
THE pain was like nothing Orara Valley prop Aaron Considine had ever endured before.
On January 19 Considine, a Country Energy electrician, was working on a transformer when things went horribly wrong.
A shot of extreme heat scorched up the 31-year-old's arms, melting away the skin on the backs of his hands, causing second degree burns.
"It was just a big flash, there was not electric shock, it was just like a barbecue blowing up," Considine recalled this week.
"It was pretty excruciating.
"The pain is hard to explain, it was the worst pain I have ever felt, I've broken my arm before but it was worse than that."
At the time, there were fears Considine would need a skin graft and his 2005 VB Group 2 season appeared dead in the water.
Over before it even begun.
But Orara Valley's chief metre-eater from 2004 is now set for a remarkable comeback.
In fact, Considine hopes to be wearing the Orara number eight jersey he has made his own in recent seasons when the Axemen play Macleay Valley in round one of the 2005 season.
"Hopefully I will be back by the start of the competition," he said.
"Originally I thought my year was over and that I would have to try again next season.
"I was pretty upset about it because we should have a good year out there with the new signings we have.
"I asked (the specialists) in Sydney and they said there was a chance I could play this year, but I would have to wear protective gloves.
"There is no pain anymore and I have full movement of my hands.
"Thankfully I didn't need a skin graft and my hands have healed very well."
Considine sustained his injury two days before the inaugural Orara Valley sevens tournament.
"It was disappointing to miss the sevens," he said.
"I had been training pretty hard and I was ready to go, plus I had been selected in the (Coast-Valley Allstars) side to play the Tomahawks which I was really looking forward to."
Now Considine has new things to look forward to.
Like leading the Axemen back to the play-offs this year.
"I want to help Orara make the semis and hopefully we can host another grand final and make up for the year we lost it," he said.
Aaron Considine has already experienced the lows this season, now he hoping to reach the highs.