Featherstone full-back Craig Hall is feeling fresh and ready to go for the new Championship season.
The 33-year-old has not played in almost a year after the 2020 Championship campaign was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.
And given his rest period over the last 12 months, Hall’s body is feeling fresh and he can’t wait to return to action this Saturday in a friendly against Oldham.
He said: “It has been the biggest break I’ve had since I was 16 or 17 so it has been quite a while. I’m fresh for this year.
“I’m looking forward to getting a run out. Training has been good, obviously we’ve not been able to do a lot until only recently when we’ve been able to get tested regularly.”
Featherstone coach James Webster has assembled a strong squad for their attempt to gain promotion to Super League, having brought in the likes of Craig Kopczak, Nu Brown, Tom Holmes, Connor Jones and Kris Welham.
Hall added: “We’ve added to last year’s squad and it is stronger but it has to be stronger because there are quite a few teams who have made quality signings.
“Last year we had a good squad but last pre-season we had quite a few injuries and we were struggling for numbers in the outside backs but now there are quite a few queuing up.
“We were quite confident in last year in what we had. There were a few lads with long-term injuries that have come back like John Davies, Thomas Minns and Brad Day so they are like new signings.
“We’ve added to what was a strong squad last year with a little bit more quality and experience.”