PAUL Wood has thrown his name in the ring for Wolves’ Boxing Day clash with Widnes Vikings.
No stranger to putting his body through extreme conditions, the 31-year-old has vowed to put his name forward even if the Stobart Stadium’s artificial pitch is covered in ice.
He said: “I’m not sure if I definitely will be playing, but if Tony Smith wants me to then sure I will play, even in minus five degrees!”
While many might have been wary of returning to action so soon after the Grand Final testicle rupture that catapulted him to global celebrity status, Wood is relishing getting back on to the field, even admitting that he was back in the gym within weeks of having the emergency operation.
“It was a bad injury, but as soon as I woke up from the operation I was walking around and I didn’t feel much pain.,” he said.
“I was more or less fully recovered within a few weeks, and I started doing some weights off my own back to keep myself ticking over.”
Between juggling training, family life and his personal fitness training business with Micky Higham, Wood is a busy man.
But he still found time to help various causes over the weekend, taking part in Wolves’ charity basketball game against an After Adoption All Stars team featuring former NBA player John Amaechi, before starring in Ben Westwood’s Testimonial pantomime Cinderella.
“I must admit I am not fantastic at basketball, but the panto went well,” he said.
“Micky and I were henchman with cockney accents, which was going well until my tooth came flying out midway through the second show.
“Everyone burst out laughing thinking it was part of the show and we had to adlib a bit, so I’m there with my cockney accent saying ‘my tooth’s fallen out’ and Micky replied ‘well put it back in then!’ “It was very funny and we enjoyed the whole experience.”