Castleford Tigers’ evergreen forward Andy Lynch is set to be the Super League’s oldest player in 2016, but is showing no signs of slowing down.
Many experts reckoned the 2015 season was his best yet so the player who recently celebrated his 36th birthday is still competing with the best in the game and has been put forward as an England candidate by his head coach, Daryl Powell.
Lynch has lost none of his enthusiasm for the sport and is knuckling down to another pre-season with his Castleford team-mates and enjoying it so far.
He said: “I still get up excited about training.
“It is always good to have competition from all the young lads coming in.
“Once they start beating me I will retire, but at the moment I am not doing too bad.”
The pre-season routine worked out by Daryl Powell and his coaching team is proving tough, but Lynch knows the benefit os the training done at this time of year.
He said: “It is hard work that has got to be done.
“If we want to improve as a team next year we have got to go above and beyond to get better.
“We are doing tough stuff in pre-season to try and help us get through games.
“What we do now stands us in good stead. The conditioning team are throwing stuff in there to try and shock us.
“It is just like in games really, if things don’t go right in games, it is how you react.
“What you do in pre-season – in the gym or running up hills – is going to transfer to game day.”
Lynch has one more year of his contract to go and will see how he feels before deciding whether to retire, but at this stage is strongly thinking of carrying on.
He added: “I don’t think it will be my last year.
“I will keep going, I think. I have got one more year on my contract, but all being well I will be going around again after next year.”