After not playing the game for a bit over two and a half years (due to being told I was too small to play at any elite level) I’m aiming to make a return to Rugby League in next years season - about 10 months away.
Since I stopped playing I’ve put on roughly 12kgs of muscle and am now 6’2" 92kgs (max lifts, squat - 200kg, deadlift 220kg, bench 130kg)but I’ve lost alot of endurance and speed.
What I’m aiming for is to return back to the field fitter, quicker and bigger than ever so that I can retake my shot at making it to the rep fields.
My question is how would you guys go about training for this given the time period and the nature of the game? Would you continue to put on muscle mass and save the endurance stuff for later, or start now on speed/endurance? Before I stopped playing I was a fullback, so I’d prefer to be a back but I know most coaches would see me as a second rower/lock right now.
Im estimating a beep test at a poor 9ish mark and 0-40 yard of about 5secs, but their only estimates.