Leeds Rhinos teenager Luke Briscoe admits he won’t be sorry to see the end of 2013.
Briscoe was tipped for a big future when he joined Rhinos two years ago in a controversial move from Hull, but last season was wiped out by a major back injury.
He is now fit and raring to go and – after making his comeback in the Boxing Day draw with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats – is targeting a first-team breakthrough in 2014.
Speaking for the first time about the injury, which restricted him to just eight appearances for Leeds’ academy this year, Briscoe revealed: “I fractured my lower back in three places.
“It happened in a tackle. I hyper-extended backwards and I didn’t think it was much, but obviously it was.”
Briscoe – younger brother of Leeds and England winger Tom – insisted the injury sounds worse than it was and said he never feared it would end his career.
“Not really,” he said. “It was only a few fractures.
“It was just time-consuming and I didn’t know when I was going to be back.
“It was very frustrating, but it’s just one of those things. It is part of rugby and you have to get through it.”
The Featherstone-born utility-player played the full Christmas fixture, despite suffering a facial cut in the first half and said he’s “buzzing” to be in action again following such a long lay-off.
“I felt good, it was good to be back after 10 months of an injury,” he said.
“My aim this season is to try and get a first-team appearance. There’s a lot of competition, but that will just make me push a little bit harder.
“I want to kick on now, that is my plan for next year.”
Rhinos signed Tom Briscoe from Hull three months ago and Luke admitted he’s looking forward to training with his brother again.
Leeds’ England World Cup players will report back next week and Luke said: “It’s good to have him here.
“It is something to look forward to and I’ll be trying to play with him as well. I have been at the same club with him before and that was my ambition when we were at Hull.
“It’s another club now, but it’s the same ambition.”
The younger Briscoe confirmed his more experienced brother came to him for advice before signing on for Leeds.
“He talked to me a lot about it,” he said. “I said I really enjoyed it here.
“They are a good set of lads here and they helped me through the last 10 months.”
Luke Briscoe – who played on the right-wing on Boxing Day – provides cover for all the back positions and started at loose-forward in the 2012 Boxing Day game.