He may not be back on a rugby league field yet but Leeds England International Jamie Peacock took the first tentative steps in to the world of after-dinner speaking at Leigh Miners Rangers ARLFC last Friday night.
Peacock chatted candidly about his career so far in front of a packed room of over 350 and the big forward remains as focused as ever as he looks to return from the injury that prevented him leading England in the Four Nations last season.
“I’ve got to be honest, it’s been tough” the 6’5 giant said.
“I never had much sympathy for those people that were out injured before but I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve played for a long time and not had many injuries. After this one, I think it’s fair to say that I’ve got a whole lot more respect.”
When asked about the leg injury, Jamie said that he was hoping to return to playing in around “six to eight weeks”. He added, “If I am back playing at the end of May I’ll be happy.”
The 33 year-old is one of the most highly decorated forwards in the game today. He has been inspirational for Leeds since joining them from Bradford Bulls in 2006. Peacock had made 23 appearances for the Rhinos in 2010 before collecting the knee injury in a 38-6 win at Castleford.