A PROMISING full-back who was knocking on the door of a cap for England, Matthew Blaymire, was forced to retire last season from Wakefield Wildcats under doctor’s orders due to a persistent knee injury.
Now the 29-year-old former Super League star can be found working in the gym at the Spirit Health Club based in the Holiday Inn at Clifton.
Available as a personal trainer, of which his services are being noticed and growing in popularity, Matthew started his rugby league career in the Wakefield Academy.
He then joined York City Knights in 2003 for three years before returning to Wakefield under coach John Kear.
Following his retirement at the end of September last year, Matthew underwent surgery on his knee and then took a well deserved holiday with his partner Emma who he shares a home with in Wakefield.
He took up his new role at the Holiday Inn in November and is enjoying it although he does admit to missing the game.
“I am trying not to watch the games at the moment as I don’t really want to see what I am missing.
“I loved playing rugby league and have made some great friends along the way, of which I am still in touch with.
“The game of rugby league is a real family one but this is a new chapter in my life and hopefully a bright new future and something I really want to get stuck in to,” said Matthew.
Due to working a shift pattern he says that commuting from Wakefield is no problem as by the time he hits the motorway on his way there or going home he has missed the rush hour traffic and the 20 minutes it takes is just fine.
He said a few members have recognised him, mainly Huddersfield Giants or Bradford Bulls fans and the banter around the gym is good.
His official title at the Spirit Health Club is assistant manager and the Level 3 qualified personal trainer also has a degree from Leeds University in Sports Health,
“The new facilities down at Brighouse Sports Centre did have a minor impact on the gym and pool here but we have seen a ressurrgence and in January we welcomed a great number of new customers.
“We have also got some new kit in, which is going down well.
“Now I would like to see more people booking up my time to help them out with programmes that would suit them, be it to tone up, get fit or just lose a few pounds.
“I am also qualified in pre and post natal exercise programmes,” said Matthew.
Anyone interested in the club should call Matthew on 01484 723249.