Leeds Rhinos may have had a tough start to the season but that hasn’t stopped Luke Hooley from brimming with excitement at the potential to debut for the Super League side once he recovers from the injury setback he picked up in pre-season.
Hooley gave an update on his injury recover on Leeds Rhinos’ Website:
“It’s going very well, I’m pleased with where I’m at. I’m got about two weeks left so it’s just getting metres back in my legs now and some conditioning.
“It’s been very tough, being injured is a lonely dark place sometimes. When you’re in the gym on your own and everyone else is out on the field having a laugh.
“You’re not round the boys as much so like I said it’s been tough but it’s one of them things you can’t help.
“I had an aim to have a massive pre-season and put my name forward for round one. Obviously the injury sets you back and you’re not ready till Round Four or Five.”
Hooley also put the Rhinos’ poor start into perspective describing the defeat to Hull FC as “unlucky” whilst believing the Warrington Wolves are “loaded” in 2023:
“They’ve been two tough games. Warrington have come loaded this year and they’re a good side. I think the Hull one was a bit unlucky, the final pass three or four times was on and if they’d put them over they’d have seen the game out. It’s just one of those things. They’re nearly there.”
The fullback revealed that the Rhinos also have a group to support their injured players:
“We’ve got our own little private group and people get a graduation video as soon as you’re out of that group, and back in full fitness. Seeing people graduate is a good thing, obviously you get left behind but it’s pleasing for everyone.”