Prescott excited about return to spotlight

PAUL Prescott is looking forward to returning to the limelight.

A back injury forced the 28-year-old to hang up his boots last season.

Paul Prescott, pictured at the launch event of the former Warriors player's testimonial year

Paul Prescott, pictured at the launch event of the former Warriors player's testimonial year

But as he prepares to launch his testimonial with a game at Workington on Sunday, he spoke of his gratitude at the chance to reflect on a decade-long career with his hometown club.

“I’m really looking forward to the game,” he said. “And I’m grateful for the support I’ve already had, it’s something I really appreciate.

“The game itself should be a good one. Apart from the England lads and Matty Bowen, we’re sending a full-strength squad and I know fans will be keen to see how the likes of Eddy Pettybourne go.”

Prescott will be supporting two charities close to rugby league – the Steve Prescott Foundation and Joining Jack – during his testimonial.

He outlined his plans at a launch night on Thursday which featured interviews with Warriors new-boys Eddy Pettybourne and Matty Bowen. Prescott has remained involved with the club since hanging up his boots, and credits the law degree he read for earlier in his career for opening up new pathways.

“What prompted me to do it was I injured my knee,” he said.

“I’d played four games in the first-team, and was facing eight months out, and my contract ran out during the rehab.

“I didn’t know if I was going to be kept on or not. I thought, ‘What if it was any more serious, what was I going to do?’

“Before then, I heard people banging the drum, saying prepare for life after rugby, and it’s so important because you never know when you’re going to play your last game.

“That’s how it’s worked out for me.”

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