Eastwood back after heart scare

02 March 2018 05:34:22 EST

Bulldogs lock Greg Eastwood is chasing a new multi-year contract, just months after contemplating retirement.

The 25-Test New Zealand international has only recently recovered from a potentially fatal heart condition.

He suffered a concerning irregular heartbeat late last year that required surgery.

Thank God it's all working for me and I'm able to play again.

Greg Eastwood

But after returning to full training just over a month ago, he's since featured in both the club's trials and scored a try in the win over Canberra two weeks ago.

Eastwood said the heart murmur had been scary, but he's glad to be fit again and wants to play on for a few more years.

The 30-year-old has racked up 139 games in his second spell with Canterbury, having had a season in Super League with Leeds Rhinos in between.

Speaking of his heart concern, he said he contemplated retirement when it happened.

"When I got the extra heartbeat my heart rate would go through the roof and cause me to faint and they said if you keep going you could go into cardiac arrest and have a heart attack which is a bit scary," he added.

"They gave me an operation, they sort of burnt that extra heart beat off when they found it and thank God it's all working for me and I'm able to play again."

Eastwood missed most of the second half of 2017 with a troublesome knee injury but is enjoying a new lease of life under new coach Dean Pay.

He said he'd come back in good shape after Christmas and was getting the benefit now in the trial games.

"Dean's been unreal, he's real honest with what he wants, what he expects and the boys are all willing to put in," added Eastwood. "There are a lot of good kids around the club, they keep you on your toes."

The Bulldogs are 5000/1 to win the grand final.

Canterbury are 1/1 to win their first game of the season against the Storm, who are 19/50.

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