Mossop could make pre-season return

Lee Mossop training at Orrell
Lee Mossop training at Orrell

LEE Mossop has this week “ticked the box” which has convinced him he is on course for a successful return from his injury lay-off.

The Cumbrian prop – back at the Warriors after a year away – is even hoping to figure in a pre-season friendly ahead of the start of Super League in less than three weeks.

Mossop’s sole season in the NRL was book-ended by serious shoulder problems.

But full-on sessions in training have helped him build up his confidence after a luckless 12-months.

He said: “When you come back from longer term injuries, such as your knee or shoulder, there’s a mental side to get over.

“I ticked that box the other day when we did full contact in training, and everything felt good.

“The more I do it, the more it will put away any doubts in my head – that’s the final hurdle.”

Mossop had an operation on his right shoulder a year ago, shortly after joining Parramatta in a six-figure transfer, having initially dislocated the joint in the 2011 Challenge Cup final win.

Three games into his debut campaign in the NRL, the England international suffered a fresh injury to his other shoulder.

But after undergoing surgery – which he says has a 97 per cent chance of success – he is hoping his problems are behind him.

“Because of the type of surgery I’ve had, it’s stiffer and stronger than it’s been before, and the more I do the more confident I will get,” said the 25-year-old.

“Rehab has gone really well, our physio is really happy. I just need to be cleverer with it this time, but hopefully I get one pre-season game in.”

Mossop debuted for Wigan in 2008 and made 111 appearances before his NRL adventure.

Despite the recent miserable weather he has no regrets over his decision to cut short his time in Sydney.

“Definitely not – I love the cold, it’s my favourite season,” he smiled.

“It’s been really good to get back here with my mates and to be around some familiar faces.”

Eddy Pettybourne, released by Wigan halfway through his two-year contract for personal reasons, has secured a return to the NRL with Gold Coast Titans.

The Evening Post reported interest from the Titans earlier this month.

The 26-year-old former South Sydney and Wests Tigers prop, who made 16 appearances for the Warriors in 2014 including their Grand Final defeat by St Helens, has been given a 12-month deal by the Titans as a replacement for Paul Carter, who was dismissed by the club last month.

Titans head coach Neil Henry said: “He’s a hard-running back or front-rower who’s had a lot of experience at the top level and I know Wigan were very happy with his form last season.

“He has returned to Australia because of family seasons and we were quick to act after learning that. He’s be a valuable addition and we are very lucky to have a player of his stature to replace Paul.”

New Zealand-born Pettybourne was in the United States team that reached the quarter-finals of the 2013 World Cup.