Palfrey targets Coventry tie for comeback after surgery

Date published: Wednesday, January 7, 2015
LEWIS Palfrey will have surgery on January 17 to repair a hernia, but he hopes to be fully match fit and back to his best by the time Oldham RL start the new Kingstone Press League One campaign in early April.
The Roughyeds’ stand-off and captain has been told he could be playing again six weeks after leaving hospital so he has targeted the first round League One Cup clash with Coventry Bears at Whitebank on March 1 for the start of his comeback.
“As ever, the league will be our priority, but I hope to use the cup-ties in March to work my way back into the swing of things so that I’m fully operational by the time we start the league programme at Easter.
“Apart from sprinting and kicking, I’ve been able to do most of the pre-season stuff so far. I’ve also done a lot of work and rehab with the medical staff so I’m hoping all that will help to speed my recovery after the op.
“If possible, I would like to trim a little bit off the six-week recovery period, but the bottom line is that I might be fit enough to make a start against Coventry and then build-up gradually from there.”
He will miss the three warm-up games against Swinton Lions at Sedgley Park on February 1, Leigh Centurions at Leigh Sports Village on February 8 and Barrow Raiders at Craven Park on February 15,
Said coach Scott Naylor: “Lewis is very professional and very focused and I know he will do all he can to make sure he is back on the field as soon as possible.
“He’ll work hard and heed the advice of the medical staff and that will stand him in very good stead,”
In his capacity as captain, Palfrey is happy at the progress the squad is making in pre-season training with the first friendly less than a month away.
“We are doing things a little bit differently this year and everybody is working hard and looking forward to the season,” he added.
“The new lads have bedded in well and I’ve been quietly surprised by Jack Holmes. He’s a very quiet lad, but he looks the part and he can play in a few different positions so he’ll give us plenty of cover across the backs.”