NRL Rookie winner Lou Goodwin is bulking up to try and force his way into the Green Machine’s forward pack.
The West Wyalong junior was a standout on the Channel 9 reality TV competition, but he knows he’s got his work cut out if he’s to cement a spot in Ricky Stuart’s first-grade squad next season.
Goodwin’s 91-kilogram frame was considered by the Raiders to be too light for an NRL back-rower, so he underwent a strict weight-gain program to tip the scales at 101 kilos.
Goodwin revealed to The Canberra Times exactly what was involved in the bulking regime.
“You eat before you go to bed, wake up at about 2am and have a shake and go back to sleep,” Goodwin said.
“Wake up in the morning and have seven Weet-Bixs, bananas, yoghurt, chicken sandwiches, snacks, chicken burgers, tuna and keep going every day.
“I did it for about three months. I was pretty sick of chicken.
“I doubted myself a bit with my fitness at the start because I’m 10 kilograms heavier than I have ever been so I’ve never run at this weight.
“If I can maintain the weight for the rest of the season it will be good so we’ll see how I go.”