After nearly a year out Warrington prop Ryan Bailey was relieved to get back on the field at Magic and is hoping to make a big impact against Leeds.
Bailey battled injury and depression, nearly quitting the game.
But the veteran front-rower has restarted his career at the Wire and came off the bench against Castleford in Newcastle, making his Wolves debut, as the Tigers fought back to win 34-14.
“I felt alright,” Baiey told Love Rugby League.
“I’ve not played for a full year now. It’s not an ideal scoreline but personally I think I did alright and get some miles in the legs again.
“It felt good. Obviously we lost the game so a bit frustrating. It was good to get back out with all the boys.”
Warrington host Leeds, Bailey’s old club, at the Halliwell Jones on Friday. The Wire have suffered back-to-back defeats and forward said his side have to “put things right” against the Rhinos.
“There’s a short turnaround, we’ve got Leeds next week at home, there’s pride in our home ground so I’m looking forward to the Leeds game now,” Bailey said.
“We’ve got to put things right against Leeds. They’re bottom of the league now and they’ll be desperate to win.”