BIG Eorl Crabtree can’t wait to get to grips with Super League once again!
The 25-year-old prop, left, has missed his side’s last four top-flight fixtures after suffering a finger fracture in the first half of the defeat at St Helens.
But having now received the all-clear to return to competitive action, he is hoping to get the green light to play at Castleford Tigers tomorrow.
And he admits that being able to catch and pass a ball and tackle an opponent without feeling any great pain will come as a major relief.
“I never thought a fracture of the little finger of the right hand could be so painful!” he admitted
“I’ve had problems with tendons and ligaments in my hands many times before now, but the pain was nothing compare to this.
“As soon as I picked up the injury at Saints I knew it was worse than normal, but because of the adrenalin I managed to carry on all game.
“I knew I would need to get it X-rayed and when I was told it was fractured I wasn’t in the least bit surprised.
“But the problem with this injury was that it was a spiral fracture, with the break going from the top of the bone to the bottom. It wasn’t straight across, which would have meant I could have played on with the finger strapped up.
“As a result, it meant it was virtually impossible to grip the ball or grip an opponent when you’re trying to tackle them.
“Fortunately, the finger’s repaired now and I’ll be able to carry straight on from where I left off, hopefully at Castleford his weekend.
“I know coming straight back can’t be guaranteed after that fantastic performance at Wigan last Friday.
“But I was happy with my form before I was injured, and I hope that and the way I’ve trained this week has been enough to convince the coaching staff to put me back in.”