Rugby league legends including Andy Gregory and Royce Simmons last night gathered for the launch of Paul Loughlin’s autobiography From grass to glass.
Former Great Britain centre Loughlin has worked on the book with ghostwriter Andrew Quirke and is understandably proud of the final product – although he admitted he had initially needed some persuading to tell his story.
He said: “When Andrew phoned me I was a bit unsure, really. It’s been over 10 years since I played, and I was wondering whether people had forgotten me or whether I’d forget players’ names or situations in games.
“But I had another chat with Andrew, decided to go for it, and it’s been quite easy because Andrew’s been asking me questions and helping me remember things. It became enjoyable in the end, and I think he’s done a good job. I’m proud of it really.”
The book is littered with amusing anecdotes, with one particular tale involving Matt Calland being a particular highlight.
“I wanted to make it funny and I think I’ve done that,” said Loughlin. “Hopefully people will like it, because sometimes you read an autobiography and get a bit bored. I said to Andrew that we should make it funny, and thankfully he agreed.”
Rugby League Books will be reviewing ‘From grass to glass’ next week. If you can’t wait that long, you can order your own copy here.