Wakefield Wildcats hooker Paul Aiton has bulked up over 10 kilograms for the 2013 season after recovering from his broken jaw as he builds for his second campaign in the red, white and blue.
The hooker was a standout performer throughout 2012 until he was attacked whilst taking a short holiday in Spain in July. Up until that point Aiton was arguably the Wildcats player of the season for his dogged defensive displays, superb work ethic and brilliant work from dummy half.
The 52-10 home defeat to Wigan proved to be the Papua New Guinea captain’s last game of the year as Trinity went on to win their remaining seven games of Super League and set-up a play-off clash with Leeds who were ultimately crowned champions after beating Warrington in the Grand Final.
The former Cronulla Sharks man dropped to below 80 kilograms while missing the extraordinary run of form but says that is all behind him.
“I am physically good, I’ve put on a lot of weight and I’m heavier then I was last year,” said Aiton.
“The jaw is fine and I don’t get any problems from it. It was very tender just after I did it but now it’s fine and I’m in full contact training and really enjoying it.
“At one stage I was just under 80 kilos and I’m up to 90 kilos now so I really was a rake and very skinny so if you want to lose weight, break your jaw,” joked the hooker as he continued.
“It wasn’t just the break. I was so miserable, I couldn’t eat and couldn’t do anything but my weight is back up and I’m feeling good.
“I went back home to Australia and Papua New Guinea so I ate a lot of food there as well as training so it was a really good off season.”
Considering the impact Aiton had on Richard Agar’s team it came as a surprise the Wildcats form improved after his injury and he says it was tough watching from the sidelines and can’t wait for the new season to get under way.
“It was really disappointing the way last season ended for me and quite depressing for me to tell the truth. I thought I had a reasonably good start to the year and then I was ruled out for the rest of the season but I’m looking forward to good on field performances this year.
“Pre-season has been going real good though and I’m actually enjoying being back and catching up with all the boys again because we’re all pretty good friends.
“I am hoping to hit the ground running because I missed out on the long winning streak that we had last season so I wouldn’t mind starting that way and enjoying the wins with all the boys because it was quite a big thing that I missed from last season.
“Looking at the fixtures we have a good start so we will be doing our best to get some points on the board as early as possible.
“Everybody is feeling good, we only have a couple of new guys and they look promising so everybody else is the same faces so everything is good. Even though we all hit it off pretty well last year we are a year in and we know each other even better and in terms of how we all play so the camp is really good. I’m enjoying being with the boys and I think it’s going to be a good season.”
Have you bought your 2013 Gold Membership yet to support Aiton and the boys at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium? There are only days remaining at the November prices as rates do increase on Saturday December 1st. Adults Gold Memberships are currently £150 while concessions are priced at £100, 16-21 year olds £65 while juniors available for just £30.
Purchase yours today clicking HERE, visiting either the Ridings Centre Store or Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office or by calling 01924 211611 / 201548.
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