It’s been a tough year and a half for Callum McLelland.
The last time we saw him in Super League was at Belle Vue in a Leeds shirt as he came off the bench only to be helped from the field after yet another injury in an injury hit season at the end of which he returned to Castleford Tigers where he had started his career prior to a brief stint in rugby union.
Injuries have kept him from playing for the Tigers but he is now fit and training again and on the club’s Twitter has opened up on this difficult time: “It’s amazing [to be back] it’s been 16 and half months so it’s been a very long time.
“It’s been nice to get a ball in my hands, be amongst the lads and show what I can do. It has been an exciting experience.”
He then elaborated on the struggles he has had in recovery:
“It was up and down all year. I made some real good progress up to Christmas getting my legs stronger and gradually building with Matty but got to a point where I couldn’t make much progress so got it cleaned out, there was a bit of build up in my knee so we got that cleaned out.
“Ever since then, there wasn’t really any chance of me playing until the back end of the year so it’s been about those building blocks in pre-season and touch wood it has been going good so far.
“It’s been good to be back, I’m really competitive so that probably hasn’t helped when I should be taking it back but it doesn’t matter if I feel a bit sore.”