Wakefield Trinity Wildcats assistant coach Lee Gilmour is readying himself for a return to playing action – at the age of 37.
Gilmour featured heavily for Wakefield towards the latter part of 2014, with the former Great Britain man moving onto the coaching staff in preparation for 2015.
However, he remained on the playing roster in case of injuries hitting the Wildcats’ squad – and that has proven to be the case. A number of injuries in the Wildcats squad have now seen Gilmour step up his training, with coach James Webster admitting he could feature for the club in the next few weeks.
“Lee has started training, he’s been in and working with the squad because we’re low,” Webster said.
“He had a knee operation in the off-season which wiped him out a bit, and with the amount of people he had in the position he’s played we didn’t really need him to start training.
“However, he’s now having to train, and he could well train with a view to playing in the next few weeks or so. He’s keen to pull the boots on again, and towards the back end of the Easter period we might see him. If everything goes to plan he’ll be available.
He added: “If we had enough people he wouldn’t play, because you don’t want to stop the progression of your younger guys. However he still knows how to play; realistically we got him as a coach first and foremost, but we’ll see how he pulls up.”
Wakefield will be without two more key players for this weekend’s visit of Huddersfield, too. Pita Godinet and Reece Lyne have joined the growing injury list at the club, with Joe Arundel finally set to make his debut for the club after signing last month.