Being idle has been no Payne for Gateshead Thunder

Captain Jason Payne believes his Gateshead Thunder side are fully charged for tomorrow’s trip to Oldham after a fortnight without a game

Gateshead Thunder's Jason Payne
Gateshead Thunder's Jason Payne

Captain Jason Payne believes a fortnight without a game will have his Gateshead Thunder side fully charged and ready to go for tomorrow’s trip to Oldham.

The prop-forward is in line to feature despite having been carrying a shoulder injury for the past month, stating: “We have had a few days off training.

“It was nice to have a bit of a break because it has allowed a few of the lads to get rid of niggling injuries you tend to carry from week to week.

“We are looking pretty fresh and the lads have used their time off to get themselves ready.

“As far as I’m aware we have no new major injury concerns other than the usual niggles, and it is shaping up well.

“I have been carrying a shoulder problem since the Gloucester game a few weeks back, a bang to my AC joint, and just having a bit of respite on that means I am back fit and ready.

“The break has come at just the right time, and those kind of knocks are just part and parcel of the game.

“After toughing it out in the last match I have now had decent time to recover.”

The Kingstone Press Championship One kick-off has been brought forward to account for the Super League Magic Weekend at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, where all of the top-flight clubs do battle on the same field over the space of today and tomorrow.

Payne added: “Our kick-off has been put back to 1pm to accommodate the Magic Weekend, and I won’t be moving much from the sofa tomorrow with all the live games on TV.

“Unfortunately I will miss a few of Sunday’s matches when we are playing and travelling.

“However, it is a great weekend for the sport and seems to be a good showcase for rugby league.”

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