TOM DAVIES is ready to end a 16-month injury nightmare after making the best lockdown decision – not coming back to his mum and dad’s spare room.
Had the Catalans Dragons ace known rugby league would be off for so long, he may have headed back to his hometown of Wigan and lived with parents Yvonne and Dave.
But he stayed put in Perpignan and instead of being cooped up in a back room, he has been able to train on beaches and around vineyards in the south of France.
Now Davies is ready come back from a horror injury that saw his foot pointing in the wrong direction!
And the ‘common sense’ approach of the police in the area certainly helped.
“There’s a bit of difference between living near the beaches and swimming in the sea to going back home and being in your mum and dad’s spare room,” said Davies, who suffered a broken leg and dislocated ankle playing for Wigan against St Helens last April.
“I stayed in France because at first we were told it would be for a couple of weeks, then it was another couple of weeks, then it was for the foreseeable future.
“But it’s given me an extra four months to get ready. I’ve done loads of rehab, running on the beaches was great for my ankle but the police told me I couldn’t go there, even though they felt I’d be OK. They’ve showed real common sense here.
“It was the fact if one person saw me on it, they may think they could go on, and so on. So it was off to a hill nearby where there’s a vineyard.
“That’s actually two kilometres away while you were only meant to go one kilometre away but the police decided I could go as I was on my own, don’t worry about it.
“So I managed to do my hill sprints, which led to a few funny conversations. Drivers would pull up seeing me on the floor knackered and ask, ‘Ca va?’ I had to explain I was OK and what I was doing!”
Now Davies has immersed himself in French culture and done his rehab, it has been back to the Dragons for training ahead of playing against St Helens tomorrow.
And boss Steve McNamara has no keener pupil than the 23-year-old winger, who admitted: “To be honest, this has made me realise how much I missed training.
“For the last 16 months, I’ve been on a watt bike and doing rehab, so I just wanted to get out there with the boys again.
“My aim is definitely to play on Sunday but I’ve had to prove myself.
“I’ve not played for 16 months, so I’ve had to prove to Steve that I can do it and I’m fully fit. I want to be back doing the thing I love.”
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