Halifax’s comeback forward Iain Morrison has said he felt like he had been “hit by a bus” after ending a year on the sidelines with an appearance against Keighley’s under 20s.
Morrison, the highly-rated Londoner who has endured a career blighted by serious injury, has been out for 12 months after undergoing tortuous micro-fracture surgery to repair his knee cartilage.
But after a 70-minute, try-scoring return at Cougar Park, the former Featherstone, Hull KR and Widnes player replaced long-term pain with short-term agony.
“I got through it, although I felt like I’d been hit by a bus afterwards,” laughed Morrison.
“The knee was fine, but just about everything else was sore; my back, my neck, my shoulders.
“I’ve done nothing for so long it’s going to take time to get my body conditioned to that kind of punishment again.
“I played 70 minutes, which surprised me.
“It’s a decent standard and a good blow out and I was breathing out of my rear at various points.
“It was good to get a bit of frustration out because it’s been nearly a year getting to this point.
“That first game is done and dusted now and I can move forward.”
Morrison refused to put a time-frame on a first team return, although he admitted he would be “happy” to go straight into Sunday’s Championship showdown with Leigh at the Shay (3.0).
“The team is going really strong and it’s going to be tough to get back in,” he said.
“I’m just going to have to get on with the training and see how long it takes.
“I’d be happy to play against Leigh on Sunday, but it’s not going to happen.
“I need to get fit and prove my worth again; the boys have been going so well it wouldn’t be fair and it’s not how things work at this club.”