EORL CRABTREE believes undergoing surgery and missing out on more England caps this autumn will prove a highly-successful long-term move.
The 29-year-old Giants Player of the Year will have operations on shoulder and elbow injuries early next month.
That means he will miss out on England’s training trip to South Africa and then the two-Test series against France and Wales, but the inspirational prop reckons he’s made the right choice.
“The elbow’s been troubling me all year and the shoulder’s been a problem for about six weeks,” said Crabtree.
“I suppose I could have delayed the surgery, played for England and then had the operations.
“But that would have meant missing all of pre-season and being touch and go for the start of Super League, and that’s the last thing I would have wanted.
“Although I love representing England, playing for the Giants will always remain my No1 priority, and after the season we’ve just experienced, I’m more determined than ever to make sure we start next year as positively as possible. I’m already looking forward to a first pre-season under Baloo (head coach Paul Anderson), even though I know it’s going to be very tough, and to what next year holds in store. To be honest, I’m already excited about it.”
Crabtree aims to have another big year for the Giants so he can earn a place in England’s squad for next year’s home World Cup.
“If I was to miss England games I’d rather it be this year than next,” he added.
“An ideal 2013 would be helping the Giants win some silverware and then helping England have a fantastic World Cup.”