Hull KR hooker Shaun Lunt is looking forward to his return on playing soccer league following a episode of sepsis threatened to finish his livelihood.
The 31-year-old was taken to hospital in September this past year, which was eventually diagnosed with blood poisoning following an infected spinal abscess.
“It’s been tough, I have never seen anything like this before,” he told BBC Radio Humberside.
“It’s made me stronger, because the old cliche goes. I didn’t think I would be straight back until end of April or the beginning of May so to be in emptiness is very good.”
Lunt constantly confident of return
Cumbrian Lunt scarcely doubted his ability to earn a come back in rugby league, although there was a small hesitation when the disease left him level outside and recovering during intercourse.
“I did initially when I was in hospital,” Lunt added.
“I am pretty determined, but it’s my life, I have always needed to play rugby, it’s a massive part of my life, I’d not have moved into Huddersfield or met my wife and wouldn’t have my kiddies.
“It was my main focus, it was going when I’d return. It has been hard work but I am back there in the long run.”
Back on familiar turf
Lunt’s very first match back for Rovers can come against his old team Huddersfield, where he spent six years and played 123 games.
Because of hooker, the prior Castleford, Workington and also Leeds pivot will likely be heavily involved across the board and is already expecting business as usual.
“I am just going to threw myself in at the deep end,” he said.
“I will head out there as if I have never been hurt and hopefully come through okay.”