Halifax centre Mick Nanyn reckons his injury-wrecked 2012 season could eventually end up prolonging his record-breaking career.
Nanyn, the prolific threequarter who currently sits seventh on the game’s all-time points scoring list after 13 seasons with Swinton, Rochdale, Whitehaven, Widnes, Oldham and Leigh, has played just half a game since his close-season move from the LSV because of a season-ending knee injury.
But the 30 year old penned a new one year deal earlier this week and insists there are positives to a difficult year.
“I think it will have done my body good to have a rest from the kind of stress it’s been under for the last 13 or 14 years,” said Nanyn.
“Hopefully, in the long term that will have done me some good.
“Potentially, it could end up prolonging my career, although this year’s proved you obviously never know what’s around the corner.
“But I’d certainly like to think I will get the last eight months back at some stage down the line.
“The nature of the contract means I am backing myself to play plenty of games next year.
“I’ve not really had any major injuries like this in my career and I’m banking on not getting any more.”
Nanyn believes he is on target to be fit for the start of Fax’s pre-season programme in November, although he revealed he recently had to have excess fluid drained from his knee.
“It was causing me quite a lot of pain and that’s probably set me back three or four weeks,” he said.
“The specialist is pretty optimistic though.
“I’m doing a bit of running now and hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll be be able to join in some of the team sessions.
“It takes as long as it takes, but I’d hope to be 100 per cent for the start of pre season.
“As I’ve said before, I’ve deliberately taken myself away from the club and the team until now because it made the injury easier to deal with mentally.
“I’m looking forward to getting involved again.”