The newest addition to the Wildcats squad has said a year with about playing has stoked his fire for playing rugby league.
Lee Gilmour arrived from rivals Castleford Tigers earlier this week on a one-month loan deal having played his last competitive game in May 2013. A shoulder injury followed by an infection in the aftermath of routine knee surgery has denied the much decorated veteran from playing any part in the last 12 months.
Now back to full fitness, Gilmour has arrived at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium in the midst of an injury crisis in edge positions with Ali Lauitiiti, Dean Collis, Reece Lyne and Jimmy Keinhorst all unavailable and Lucas Walshaw a doubt for the trip to Bradford Bulls.
Now 36-years old, Gilmour says retirement is far from his mind as he looks to make up for lost time.
“I’ve pretty been training on my own for all but six weeks over the last 12 months,” said the former Bradford man.
“It’s hard mentally to be on your own in that situation for such a long period of time so to be back around the boys again, being involved with the team, things are starting to feel a lot better.
“I’ve been training with the squad at Castleford for three weeks now, it was getting frustrating as it’s time for me to play again. If I’d have not played this week the next game would have been another three weeks away.
“So it would have been another three weeks of just training and not getting the opportunity to go out there and play, which is what every player wants to do. Its all well and good training but were paid to go out there and play on the pitch. We’re not paid to train in a gym.
“I felt pretty low I didn’t think it was career ending as when I had the blood taken out of my knee it looked clean and the guy who did the operation thought I’d be OK to make a recovery. So they got to the infection early it took a good month to get rid of the infection with anti-biotics and things like that I started rehab around that time.
“It was pretty important I got back playing, I don’t want to retire . This year out has stoked a bit of a fire. Having been away from the game so long it makes you realize how much you miss it. The thought of not playing is a long way away in my thoughts at the minute. I can prove that I can still play at this level.”
Listen to the full interview with Gilmour on the Wildcats Audioboo channel.