Mark Graham interview

“It’s All About Staying Positive”

Mark Graham has been out for over a year after breaking his leg at Widnes in January 2017. It has been a long year for the midfielder following two surgeries, however today he took his first run around the training pitch at Gillford Park and I spoke to him following…

“It is great to come back and start attempting to run again. It’s a long way to go and I’ve got a bit of pain now after doing the run, but it’s good to get the boots back on and try and build my strength back really.”

“From the start James and the lads have been great, letting me come down and help out so I’m still part of it as much or as little as I wanted to. It made things a lot easier and I still feel part of the team even if I am not playing, but it’s nice knowing that the lads care about you.”

“I haven’t put a timescale on returning yet, with having to have two operations as it would probably put myself down. But, hopefully if I carry on the rehab, see how things go, and take each day as it comes now I suppose is the plan.”

“Over the first couple of months it was hard, not being able to play really brought me down. Especially after playing for a long time and not being able to play for ages. But now, I’m starting to get the buzz back for playing and as well as the team are doing it would be great to get back into the side.”

“I would like to give myself the opportunity to try and get back. Obviously, I won’t know until I start training-I have to start running properly first! But, from there I’ll build up in training and see how things go. But, I’d like the opportunity to get back playing.”

I asked Mark what his next steps were on the road to recovery and he had this to say:
“Just to keep building up like I’m doing is the main plan. I speak to Louis Gallagher and Jonny Allan quite a lot as he’s been through this injury as well. I need to get a consistent running stride and go from there.”

“It is difficult though going through this and everyone is different in their recovery. You just have to stay positive, that’s what Jonny said when it happened to him. It’s going to be a long haul but you’ve got to stay positive, otherwise it’ll be hard to get back to where you want to be.”

By Will Stuart


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