JOE Greenwood is not just a damn good rugby league player – he would also make a pretty good nurse after detailing the role he had in brother James’ recovery from serious injury.
Now the Wigan Warriors star has to think of more things to do after his sibling signed for Salford Red Devils, vastly cutting down his travel times.
James missed almost the entire Super League campaign at Hull Kingston Rovers after suffering a ruptured cruciate knee ligament in March.
Surgery meant the 28-year-old could hardly leave his base in Droylsden, meaning he would pretty much spend his time staring at the same four walls.
Thankfully, his brother was on hand to make sure he was not driven around the bend.
Austerlands raised Joe said: “When he first did it, you just never know with those injuries if someone can carry on.
“It’s always in the back of your mind, ‘What if something doesn’t go right? That could be it.’
“After he came out of the operation, he was struggling to get out of the house.
“He was just bored and housebound, so on days off I went to him. He had to do something and I went round to pick him up.
“He was getting frustrated at being housebound, so I had to make sure he could get out and about.”
Despite the injury, second-rower James – who was picked up by Wigan after playing at Saddleworth Rangers – earned a move to Salford.
And after commuting to and from east Hull – a round trip of 210 miles – every day, the reduced journey to the AJ Bell Stadium is going down very well.
But it is bringing its own issues.
Joe, 26, added: “It will be better for him. He wanted to spend more time with his little one.
“It only takes him 20 minutes to get home from training now. He actually said to me, ‘What do I do with myself now? It normally takes me two hours!’
“He’s trying to get used to that short distance now.”
Joe got one over James’ new club as Wigan beat Salford 18-12 to go one game from the Super League Grand Final.
Normally, that would bring an exchange between the brothers but James’ injury has meant it has pretty much been off limits.
Joe continued: “He mentioned the Wigan-Salford thing a bit but as he’s not been playing, it wasn’t mentioned a lot
“If he was, it would’ve been mentioned a lot!”