Leeds loanee Joe Greenwood has shared an insight into self-isolation, after being given the all clear from Coronavirus.
Greenwood was sent home by club medical staff last week after describing cold and flu symptoms while training with his team-mates.
He said: “At first it was a bit exciting, because I could watch a bit of Netflix and catch up on some documentaries.
“But later on it was getting a bit boring, because you were doing the same repetitive thing every day.
“When I felt myself getting better I took the dogs out for a walk and even did some baking, just to pass some time.
“I’m out and about now, feeling fine and feeling ready to go.”
But Greenwood admits he did have some early concerns after initially being sent home.
“With everything that’s going on it was a bit scary at the time. They did some tests on me and I was one of the first ones last week.
“It was just a case of getting over those stages in the early days and understanding what you need to do when you contract the virus.
“But my advice is to be your own person, do your own thing and don’t let it dictate your life.
“Things have gone back to normal a bit during the last couple of days, so life goes on, and I’m really keen to get back to training.
“I’ve been carrying a ball round the house because I miss it so much.
“It’s all I’ve known for a long time. Rugby’s my job and I love playing it, so it’s tough to have that taken away.
“It’s been a bit of a reality check and you don’t realise what it feels like until it’s gone.
“What I feel like now is how I imagine it must feel when you first retire.
“You don’t know know what to do next and you’re not a schedule telling you what to do every day.
“Hopefully we’ll all be back together soon.”
Greenwood added that he is hopeful his present loan spell with Leeds from parent club Wigan can be extended to factor in the current break from fixtures.
“I’m hopeful we can get something sorted out and I can extend a bit.
“I’m just keen for my chance to come soon, to be able to wear that shirt and run out at Headingley.
“But all the lads will be chomping at the bit, so we’re all just waiting for the all clear.
“I am trying to do a bit of training on my own where I can and just really getting back to reality as much as I can.”