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

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.”