Sutherland Sharks’ lethal striker Peter Simonoski faced a different battle away from the football pitch after his run in with COVID-19 – Thankfully for the star attacker, the tests returned negative.
“It really hit home when I had to get tested a few days ago as a family member from my partners side had tested positive to the virus.
“Being held in isolation and waiting to receive the results is so nerve racking, but thankfully everyone’s tests in the family came back negative.”
During the current football lockdown, Simonoski has been keeping himself busy, an electrician by trade, business has been as Dj Khaled best said it, “Booming”.
“It’s been tough because when football went into lockdown almost everything else did too.
“There isn’t much to do at all, you go to work, come home and spend valuable time with the family.
“Fortunately, being an electrician I have been lucky enough to continue work with no major changes.
“Construction sites have stayed open and we’ve been busier than ever.”
With no gyms operating as well as strict social distancing regulations put in place by state government, Simonoski has changed his fitness routine by taking up online courses as well as clocking up the kilometres with road runs.
“Once football went into lockdown, the gyms were still open for a few weeks and that was my training routine every day.
“Now since they’ve been closed, I try and improvise with what I have at home.
“Luckily the gyms still do online classes so I can jump on at my own convenience.
“Keeping active with regular runs is also on the agenda to maintain that cardio that we get on the field.”
It’s not been an ideal start to his Sharks career after signing on from Sydney United 58 for the 2020 season, the 26-year-old was just starting to feel at home at Seymour Shaw before the unfortunate break.
“We had a good preseason leading into the year.
“You don’t realise how much you miss it till it gets taken away from you.
“It’s been a few months now with no football, we can’t even watch it on television.
“We’re lucky to be able to play the best game in the world.
“Just being out there with your teammates and enjoying every moment of it, whether it’s at training or game-day there’s no better feeling.”
“We all have to stick to the safety measures that have been put in place.
“Hopefully we overcome this together as a community in the near future so we can get life back to normal and get our football back as soon as possible.”