PAUL ANDERSON is hoping to have a fully-fit squad for the start of Super League XVIII.
A total of 10 first-team players underwent surgery at the end of the season, with several players missing out on international calls as a result.
Eorl Crabtree (shoulder and elbow), Jermaine McGillvary (ankle), Luke O’Donnell (shoulder), Luke Robinson (hernia), Aaron Murphy (ankle), Luke George (hernia), Jacob Fairbank (shoulder), Jon Molloy (knee), Elliot Gorman (shoulder) and Josh Johnson (ankle) are all now in rehabilitation having gone under the knife.
On top of that, Danny Brough is close to recovering from a groin tear suffered in the final-day play-off defeat at Hull FC, while Larne Patrick and Joe Wardle pulled out of the England Knights squad in order to recover from some injury niggles.
But the signs suggest all 10 should be fully fit for the start of the 2013 campaign.
“Those players who had operations are now in the process of having their bandages taken off and easing themselves back to fitness,” said Anderson.
“And so far there’s nothing to suggest any of the operations have been nothing less than a 100% success.
“Luke George is already 100% and Luke Robinson isn’t that far behind.
“Others will be following at a fairly regular interval, so by Christmas almost everyone will be playing a full part in pre-season training.
“Over the past few seasons, we’ve gone into our opening games lacking the services of a number of senior players.
“Hopefully, it’ll be a different story this time around.”