PENRITH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06: Injured Panthers player Reagan Campbell-Gillard watches on during the warm-up before the round 17 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the New Zealand Warriors at Panthers Stadium on July 6, 2018 in Penrith, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Injured Panthers prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard has opted for a KFC popcorn chicken and mashed poato diet in his attempts to regain the 8kg of weigh he lost since breaking his jaw.

The 24-year old injured his jaw during Penrith’s clash with the Roosters four weeks ago and has since been forced to eat through a straw, losing a tonne of weight and trimming down from his normal 115kg frame.

“It’s hard. When you’re trying to force food through a syringe there’s only so much pumpkin soup you can eat,” Campbell-Gillard told Fox Sports.

“The first week was tough and it just got really tough after that. Trying to get as much energy and food in the body without trying to lose too much weight – you don’t do it on purpose but it happens.

“I ended up losing about 8kg. There was nothing I could do about it, but I have to try and regain that within four weeks and work hard to try and put it back on.”

And now Campbell-Gillard has turned to KFC as his answer to replenish the weight he lost, noting that it has been a challenging process since the injury in round 15.

“I reverted to in the last couple of days doing mashed potato and popcorn chicken from KFC. It’s all about the tastebuds,” he said.

“You don’t realise it absolutely sucks when you can’t eat and chew and you just find little ways to try and get as much food and protein in a syringe.

“It sucks but that’s rugby league. I’ve just got to try and find those extra kilos to put back on.”

Since being sidelined, Campbell-Gillard has inked a massive five-year extension with the Panthers, tying him at the club until at least the 2024 season, but the NSW front-rower vouches that he will continue to work hard.

“I don’t want to get comfortable and I think some people tend to get comfortable if they have a contract secured for a long period,” he said.

“I definitely don’t want that. I’m still here to better my football and work hard.

“The security is a massive bonus but I’ll work very hard every game I play when I pull on that jersey.”

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