Jonny May: England star aims to maximise on the ‘last quarter’ of his career

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Gloucester star Jonny May is looking to make the most of the remainder of his career as he heads into “the last quarter” between the four lines.

May tore his meniscus in his knee earlier this season and missed the Six Nations as a result. However, the wing has opened on his injury during the rehabilitation period.

Plan to capitalise

The 32-year-old is simply focused on enjoying himself more on the field and making the most of the final stage of his career.

“I’m probably in the last quarter or so of my career now and the goal is to keep leaving no stone unturned, keep exploring, keep being curious and try and enjoy myself a bit more,” May said.

“You realise when you are injured that you feel sorry for yourself for playing 80 minutes every week sometimes because it is tough. All those things – be happier, enjoy it and rip in and be the best I can.

“There are always silver linings and opportunities when you are injured to have a rethink about things, re-evaluate, have a break and then to be grateful again.

“The bottom line is I’m as hungry as ever and as desperate as ever to just be a student of the game and constantly search for ways and little tweaks to get better. Just to be a happier person and a better rugby player.”

May did not expect the injury to be so challenging to get through and experience pain to that extent.

“It probably was a bit harder than I thought it was going to be, different to other surgeries I’ve
had,” he said.

“I’ve had an ACL before and that was not that painful but more, ‘come on, let’s get going again’. But this one felt like it was going well but it was just so painful for a long period of time.

“The reason I’m in good spirits now is because I wouldn’t have thought I’d be here six weeks ago. I was still bloody waking up, stairs were grumbly, and this and that.

“I was getting through my bits, running all right and hitting good scores, but it was still so sore so when you break that curve you start feeling a bit happier again because being in pain and chronic discomfort can get you down.

“I was watching games of rugby when standing on one leg thinking, ‘how the hell am I going to jump on this again let alone sprint around and step’?”

The key to recovery is to continue working where possible to improve the situation, and May claims taking time off was not an option.

“I haven’t taken a day off since the injury. I’d rather be throwing the kitchen sink at it because that’s the only way out of it,” May said.

“I hate it so much and I’m so keen to get back and play as quickly as I can. I couldn’t have gone on holiday for a week – that would have been my idea of hell.”

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