Wigan prop Joe Bretherton said it was good to get back playing again after he returned from over three months out with a dislocated fibula to contribute to the Reserves’ 54-10 win over Bradford Bulls on Thursday night.
“It’s always tough coming back from injury but I’m a bit of a pro at it now,” Bretherton joked.
He continued: “I’ve had quite a few weird ones (injuries) but we’ve got some of the best medical staff in the game so they’ve got me fit and it was good to get out there.”
Bretherton studies at the University of Central Lancashire as well as playing for Wigan and since picking up the injury at the end of January against London Skolars in pre-season, he hasn’t let frustration get to him.
He revealed: “I’ve a bit of distraction (with university) and I’ve not just been stressing about being injured as I’ve had other things to take my mind off it which I think is important.
“I’ve not really had that many problems with it to be fair, it’s sore here and there but it’s bound to be and I’m sure I’ll struggle to walk tomorrow but I’ll be fine,” Bretherton laughed.
He added: “I don’t really count the game at London as I only lasted three minutes so that was my first proper game since September so it was good to blow a few cobwebs off and get a good performance in.”
The Warriors ran in ten tries in total to see off their opponents at the Robin Park Arena and Bretherton said: “It was a good performance. They gave us a tough a game at their place a few weeks ago and the lads spoke about that before the game and we needed a bit of payback.
“We started well and then we dipped again in the first half but I think it was in the second half it was a good performance.”
The prop is now hoping to get more game time and make a case for the first team.
He said: “I want to be playing in Super League so a couple more games in the Reserves and hopefully I can stand out and or even go out on loan because our middles are doing well at the minute and I’ve got the likes of Gabe (Hamlin) and Romain (Navarette) in front of me.
“It’s tough competition at the club and it always is if you’re at the best club but the challenge is there to make everyone better and that’s what we work on in training.”