LARNE PATRICK felt he had no choice but to pull out of the England Knights’ squad.
And he has revealed his three Huddersfield Giants’ Knights’ teammates were in exactly the same boat.
Partrick (neck), Dale Ferguson (shoulder), Michael Lawrence (wrist) and Jermaine McGillvary (ankle) have all this week withdrawn from the representative side ahead of the two-game autumn series against France and Samoa.
Blockbusting forward Patrick has admitted missing out on playing for the Knights proved a very tough decision for the quartet to make.
But he knows that the decisions could prove to the Giants’ advantage in 2012.
“To play for England would have been a massive honour,” said the 22-year-old, left.
“It’s something you dream about when you’re a kid, so to make a decision like this isn’t taken lightly.
“But sometimes you’re really left with very little choice, which was the case for me and for the other Giants boys as well.
“A lot of us were carrying injuries towards the end of the season and, in many cases, the best way of getting over them is rest.
“I suppose we could have tried to get through the Knights’ games as best we could by playing through the pain. But that would have meant we’d have then had to miss the important part of pre-season training with the Giants, and none us wanted that.”
And Patrick knows how much he’ll personally benefit from taking a break.
“The last few months weren’t much fun for me at all,” he confessed. “Every time I made a tackle I got a sharp pain down my neck and into my shoulder.
“It also meant I couldn’t do any contact work in training or do the usual weight sessions.
“Hopefully, after a rest, I’ll have been able to put all these problems behind me.”