Bradford Bulls‘ new signing Mitch Clark is to miss the opening month of the new 2016 season with a wirst injury.
Clark has already undergone surgery to solve the injury he sustained in training in December after having made the move from Doncaster to the Bulls in the off-season.
Clark has said it has been a frustrating time for himself, and he is already looking forward to returning to action for his new club.
“I’ll hopefully be back in time for round four or thereabouts but it’s a three-month process after surgery,” Clark told The Telegraph and Argus.
“I obviously can’t do everything with the team at the moment, which isn’t great, but I can still run and do other things to keep my general fitness up. I just miss out on training with the team and all the contact work they do. I struggle with weights as well, so I’m limited in what I can do right now.”
Clark made 23 appearance for Doncaster in 2015, and said he was enjoying his time at Bradford and admits he has to work even harder now to get a place in the team upon his return.
“I felt good before I got the injury and it’s a setback, but I’ll come back fitter and stronger,” he said.
“I’ll be available from round four, but then it depends on how the team is playing and I’ll have to force my way back in.”
When Clark does return, despite being a front rower by trade, but the 22 year-old revealed he had no preference on position, as long as Lowes selects him in the team.
“It doesn’t matter where Jimmy wants to play me as long as I am in the seventeen,” he said.
“but the competition is fierce and there are eight front-rowers, including myself, so when you get that opportunity you need to grab it with both hands and try and keep your spot.
“We’re obviously mates and we train alongside each other every day, but at the end we are competing for positions. I’m just looking forward to getting back out there.”