Clubb played through the pain barrier

Tony Clubb in the Grand Final, his elbow heavily strapped
Tony Clubb in the Grand Final, his elbow heavily strapped
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TONY Clubb is looking forward to an injury-free 2016 – after revealing he played all of last season with a nasty elbow problem.

By the end of the campaign, the prop was unable to bend his arm and was playing with pain-killing injections.

But surgery has corrected the problem and he is now tearing into pre-season training without any setbacks.

Clubb said: “I had some floating bones which got stuck in my elbow, and so I couldn’t bend my arm.

“I played the full year with it, I did it in America (at a pre-season camp) and by the end it was annoying me. If I did my weights, I’d feel it get stuck in my joint and I couldn’t bend my arm.

“But I had it cleaned out and now I can bend it. It’s nice it’s sorted and out the way.”

Clubb, 28, played down the impact the injury had during the season which finished with a Grand Final appearance last month.

“It wasn’t too bad, I’d have a jab – plus I’m a front-rower, I don’t need to pass the ball,” he smiled.

His off-season break included a family holiday to Paris, in the same week as the terrorist attack.

“We got on the train that night it all kicked off,” he revealed. “Disneyland is a bit out the way but, still, it was obviously not nice what happened.”

The former London Broncos skipper is now back in training with the majority of his team-mates in preparation for next season.

“The five weeks have shot by, but it’s good to be back in,” he added.

“Pre-seasons are always hard but what we do now to when I started my career is loads different.

“Back then, it was pretty much just run. Now we have the technical things, the Vo2, the tests, the supplement - I was probably working as hard but not as smart as we do now.”