FORMER Warrington Wolves forward James Laithwaite has set up his own clean eating business.

The Wire academy graduate, who made 50 appearances for the club between 2013 and 2015, has opened Fuel Hub – an online service delivering healthy ready meals to customers’ doors.

Based on Kingsland Grange in Woolston, business is already booming for the 27-year-old second rower and partner Michelle McDowall – who recently welcomed their second child into the world.

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Laithwaite said: “People get healthy meals delivered straight to their house, and then they can just heat it and eat it.

“Obviously I’ve played rugby for many years, and I know how hard it easy to eat healthily when you’ve got a busy lifestyle.

“Being in the world of sport, I know the importance of eating well and how good it makes you feel.

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“But eating healthy doesn’t have to taste boring – these meals really do taste great and the feedback we’ve been having has been amazing.

“This has been in the planning for 18 months and we only launched a few weeks ago, but it’s gone mad – we’re already providing Warrington Wolves with their meals for after training.

“I thought it might take a while for us to get our feet under the table, but it’s all happened a lot quicker than I thought.”

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James and Michelle first came up with the idea for Fuel Hub after he was forced to retire from rugby league due to injury troubles.

Laithwaite suffered a broken leg for the fourth time in his career in July last year while playing for Bradford Bulls.

A similar injury ended his time at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, with the ex-Penketh High School pupil never playing for Warrington again after fracturing his leg during a Challenge Cup clash with the Leigh Centurions in 2015.

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But he has now come out of retirement again, and is back in the game with the Leythers.

James added: “I broke my leg when I was young and I did it again when I was on loan from Warrington at Swinton.

“Then I had a bad one playing for Warrington against Leigh in the Challenge Cup, and I was out for 18 months.

“I broke my neck whilst playing for Toronto, then I broke my leg again playing for Bradford.

“That’s when I decided to retire, and I had nine months where I didn’t play, and we focussed on getting this business set up.

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“Once I got myself fit again, I decided I was fit enough to go back and play again and I signed for Leigh Centurions.

“If the business takes off we might look at getting a kitchen somewhere where we can serve from as well.

“We want to get into gyms, schools, hospitals and leisure centre as well – the possibilities are endless.”

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