Alex Walmsley is looking forward to being back out on the field in 2019.
The prop fractured his neck in Saints’ early season win over Warrington but will be firing on all cylinders come the new Super League season.
“It’s never ideal breaking your neck is it?” he said as we launched our 2019 home shirt. “We know the game we play and know what comes with it but it’s not a common injury. I have to admit I was scared for a few weeks after the injury – you start to think not only about your playing career but your family life too.
“It’s been a tough year and I have been in some dark places but there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is given me the best part of a year to allow my body to repair itself; I feel fresh and excited to see how I go in 2019.
“One of our main strengths over the last few years has been in the pack. I’m really excited to see Joseph Paulo come to the club and seeing what he can do.
“I’m proud of how the boys went without me but I am looking forward to getting back out there next season.”
Like all at Saints, Alex is focused on Saints going at least one better in 2019.
“We won the Shield but there are two other trophies we want to win,” he added. “We have lost in a number of semi finals and that is unacceptable for a club as big as this and the effort everyone puts into the team.
“We need to address a few things but I am really excited about next year. The quality of the players we have brought in will complement the squad. We were the best team over the last year and to add these players, we will be better.
“It was a good year with what we brought to the field, the style of rugby and how entertaining we were to watch but ultimately you have to be disappointed with how it ended. As good as we were, to not come out with either of the main trophies is really frustrating.
“We want to rectify that and I’m sure 2019 will be that year we do that.”
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