Super League: Ben Jones-Bishop looking forward to returning to action on Monday
Leeds Rhinos' fit-again winger Ben Jones-Bishop cannot wait to make his Super League return against the Widnes Vikings.
Last Updated: 18/06/13 6:51am
Jones-Bishop was the champions' second-highest try-scorer last season, but he has not played this time around after being diagnosed with a blood clot on his lung last December.
The 24-year-old has been given the green light to resume his rugby league career and he admits that there will be nerves when he runs out at Headingley Carnegie live on Sky Sports.
Jones-Bishop knew very early that he would be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, however, he always believed he would play for the Rhinos again.
"It was a big shock at the time," he told Sky Sports. "It was more to my general health rather than rugby, but I was looked after very well and the specialists went through things. Within a few days I knew I'd be out for a lengthy period of time. I knew I'd be back out one day.
"I'm excited now. I think a few hours before there will be a few nerves, but once you're over the white line and the whistle blows it's a game and I'm looking forward to it.
"The first 10 minutes will be big and then it's recovering after that and seeing out the other 70."
Leeds head coach Brian McDermott believes overcoming this adversity is a testament to Jones-Bishop's strong character.
"He's got a strong personality. It was a big one for him," McDermott said of Jones-Bishop.
"He's handled this really well and I'm sure this journey back for him is going to put him in good stead for his future years."