Pryce given green light to play again after horrific leg injury

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Wakefield's Waine Pryce has been given the all-clear to go into full training and resume his career at the start of the new Super League season in February.

Pryce has not played since an apparently career-threatening double fracture of the leg which he suffered playing for Castleford against Harlequins in July.

"At the time, the pain was terrible and I feared the worst, but the injury was not actually as bad as it looked on TV," the winger said. "The specialist surgeon worked wonders for me to ensure the leg would be fit and strong enough to continue my career."

Another member of Castleford's relegated squad, Michael Platt, still seems destined for Bradford, despite the Rugby League's ruling that he is not a free agent and that the Bulls must negotiate a fee if they want to sign him.

"He's absolutely gutted and our legal people are amazed," a Bradford spokesman said. "But our commitment to the lad is still full-on. We won't be leaving him out to dry." Bradford have called off their planned friendly at home to Warrington on 7 January, because of problems with their Odsal pitch.

The Brisbane Broncos' captain, Darren Lockyer, has said that he wants just one more trophy to complete a perfect 12 months. Lockyer has already led the Broncos to the NRL Premiership, Queensland to victory in the State of Origin series and Australia to the Tri-Nations title.

He will also captain Brisbane in the World Club Challenge against St Helens at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton on 23 February.

"It's been such a great year that to win the WCC is another trophy we'd like in our cabinet," he said. "To do that we need all our players on deck." Lockyer will be one of a handful of survivors from the Broncos team that lost at the same venue to the same opponents in 2001. "What motivates me is that the last time we were over there we got beaten by St Helens," he said.

Tickets have gone on sale for the event, which has been moved from its normal slot immediately before the start of the Super League season because the Broncos want to give their international players an extended break from training.

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