Pryce: Debt To Fans

LEON Pryce has thanked the fans for their support after he made his return from injury on Friday.

The 29-year-old half back took to the field 20 minutes before the end of the match to end a long spell out on the sidelines.

Pryce has suffered from a bulging neck disk and then a serious groin tear in the last 12 months.

“It was good to be back and it was a massive buzz when I came on to the field,” he said. “It was one of the best feelings of my career. When I was waiting to get back on to the field, you could feel the anticipation in the air from myself and the crowd. It was a nice feeling and something I will never forget. The fans were awesome.

“I was very nervous as it was like making my debut again. But in the end it was well worth it and it gave me a massive buzz.

“The opening ten minutes were a bit tough, but it was a case of me getting back into it. It made me appreciate being able to play as the last 12 months have been hard.

“I missed a lot of big games last season but this year, if I get a good run of games and stay fit, I’ll be ready for them.

“But I know I have some work to do. It’s up to Royce really, but I think I will be off the bench for the next few weeks to build myself up.”

Pryce has made 330 games in his career to date but admits the last 12 months have made him appreciate the game more.

“I have played Super League since I was 16 and with the other competitions and internationals you can play none stop. You can get sick of playing. What this has done is made me realise I want to play week in week out – and you can’t play when you’re injured can you?”

Tickets for Sunday’s Challenge Cup Quarter Final tie with Hull KR at the Stobart Stadium are still on sale. You can get yours by calling into the Stobart Stadium’s ticket office from 12pm on Sunday. You can also pay at turnstiles 1 and 2 in the North Stand.


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