London Broncos’ England international Tony Clubb was looking to make up for lost time when he made his first home appearance of the season in the Super League clash with Hull KR.

The 25-year-old centre or second rower missed virtually the whole of pre-season training, as well as the first month of the campaign, after being struck down by illness, including the winter vomiting bug. Clubb’s 6ft 2in, 16st frame took a battering from the illness but he gradually worked his way back to fitness and made his return in the Broncos’ 38-4 win at Salford City Reds last Friday.

“He was ill for three months,” said London coach Tony Rea. “He had a couple of different viruses. He had the norovirus in November, got over that, then got another virus, got over that and picked up another one.

“He lost a lot of weight – I’d be guessing but it was a good few kilos – and we sent him for blood tests but it turned out to be pure coincidence, he was just unlucky. “He’s fine now. He had game for the (London) Skolars the week before and was a late call-up against Salford.

“He put his hand up to play and is a real strong part of the Broncos. He is a terrific footballer and a dominant character in the middle.”

State of Mind would like to wish Tony all the best on his return to action