It’s the time of the year when players usually enjoy a few weeks away from the game, to switch off and unwind ahead of another hectic season of Rugby League.
But after a disappointing 2014 for his side, Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis is not messing about with his preparation for the 2015 season – and has already been training individually for three weeks in an attempt to get a jump on FC’s big rivals next year.
With the players set to report for pre-season training on Saturday, Ellis revealed that his international retirement has helped him prepare fully for the league campaign next year, and said that he is ready to rip in when the players do get together, having already done some work on his own for almost a month.
“Normally when my season has finished after the internationals I’ve not done anything for weeks, but I’ve been back in the gym and doing some work for three weeks now,” Ellis told the Hull Daily Mail.
“I needed a mental break this year, switch off and get away from rugby. But, physically I feel great and that’s why I started training again, there was too much energy there to sit about.
“I’m still feeling the benefits of international retirement and it will help me again for next season.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back in with all the boys and welcoming the new players into the club too. It will be hard work, but fun to be back.”