Tony Clubb resumes full training
Clubb restricted to just 15 games in 2016 due to neck injury
- Prop forward excited for comeback ahead of 2017
Wigan prop Tony Clubb has been given the green light to resume full training after putting a frustrating six months behind him.
The popular front-rower missed the second half of the 2016 season after suffering a neck injury that required surgery and an extensive recovery period.
Updating on the good news, Clubb said: “I’m back in full training now, I’m easing back into it but I’ve been out there tackling with the lads.
“It’s a case of seeing how I go and then taking it from there really but leading into Christmas I should be right back into it. I’m really excited, it’s been a long time since I’ve been out (on the field) with the lads so it’s nice to come back, get that good news and now progress into pre-season.”
Having only played in 15 of Wigan’s 36 games last year Clubb will return in 2017 like a new signing and admits he can’t wait to pull the shirt on again.
“It was tough watching on last season but because the boys were doing such a good job it made it easier. Had they been losing then it would have made it more difficult but they did fantastically well with what they had.
“Like any player you want to be on the field, especially in the big games but they did a good job and won the Grand Final but for every injured player it’s always tough.”
Despite missing much of the season Clubb says he and the other injured players last year still felt very much like part of the team.
“Micky and I were probably the first ones on the field after the game!” He laughed.
“That’s how it is and it’s how Waney wants it. The lads are really close, particularly the injured lads, we spend a lot of time together on and off the field.”
Clubb spent a few weeks during the off-season in Lanzarote with his family but says returning to training this year as Champions makes it a little better.
“It’s easier coming back in knowing that we’ve won it. In the last two years we’ve probably come back feeling a bit sorry for ourselves, thinking if you’d done this or done that then things might have turned out differently.”
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