Hull KR: Comeback kid Rich Beaumont can't wait for 2013
HULL KR prop Rich Beaumont says he can't wait to get started with training for next season, as he looks to force his way into the Robins' first team.
The 24-year-old made his comeback from a broken leg in the Robins' final game of the season in London, capping the occasion with one of his side's tries in defeat.
Whilst most of his teammates will be glad of a few weeks rest after a disappointing campaign though, Beaumont has been left itching for more game time, and for pre-season to come around quickly.
"I wish pre-season would start tomorrow," Hull-born Beaumont told the Mail.
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"I'm not as bashed up as the other players because I missed so much of the season with my injury.
"They are looking forward to their six weeks off now, but I'm fresh and hungry for more games.
"I was wishing the boys on to win as many games as they could in the final weeks so we could make the play-offs, as every game would have been a bonus for me.
"We're all gutted the season is over and we missed out on the eight. We know it's not good enough, but we have to crack on from here and get on with it."
Beaumont's try-scoring return was one of a few highlights for Rovers as their season came to a disappointing end, missing the play-offs by finishing 10th in Super League.
He experienced some very dark days recovering from his broken leg, suffered in the pre-season friendly at Hull, and admits he felt time was running out for him to make his return to the first team.
"I was beginning to think it was too late for me to play in Super League this season, but that dream kept me positive and made me determined to work hard in rehab," Beaumont said.
"It's been a long road for me and I wanted to get my head down. I wanted to go out against London and put in a good performance.
"I felt I played okay, and it was a bonus to go over the line. It was on my mind to score because I needed to avoid the naked run for players who don't score all seaason, and I didn't fancy running across The Deep naked.
"Coming back from the injury has given me confidence to do anything now.
"I've been back eight weeks now and if I can come back from that then everything else looks easier in comparison."