Blues’ mid-season Brexit

James Curgenven is returning to rugby.

WORK commitments have forced Blues English playmaker James Curgenven to cut short his time with the club, but he hinted that he could make a return in 2018.

Curgenven arrived amid plenty of hype and starred for the Star Hotel Redmen in the 2017 Pub Nines, playing a key role as they took out the trophy.

A knee injury early in the season, and the arrival of halfback Raymond Luke compli-

cated things, but he had nothing but praise for the club.

Curgenven is a personal trainer at Xceler8 24hr Fitness in Wagga and was unable to make training on Tuesdays, and as a result struggled to adjust to the Blues’ playing style, only training once a week.

“The problem was I couldn’t get over to training, I can’t leave work until after 6 on a Tuesday, so I was trying to catch up on Thursday and it was a bit of a struggle to get into the patterns,” he said.

“When you are learning a new sport you’ve got to be fully committed to it and I spoke to Tek (Blues coach Jarrad Teka) during the week and said it was probably best that I head back to rugby.”

Curgenven was full of admiration for the Blues, and will be at Anzac Park for their blockbuster clash with Gundagai on Sunday, June 18.

“I couldn’t have picked a better club to go to, the Blues are a very good family club, the committee was fantastic and very supportive and there is a great bunch of guys there who are very ambitious,” he said.

With the Blues sitting in fourth position on the ladder, Curgenven is optimistic about the rest of the season.

“Even though we lost on the weekend, it was one of our better performances, and they’re definitely going in the right direction,” he said.

“Little things, like not finishing off games, are hurting them. It will be interesting to see how they go against Gundagai and I’ll be there to support them.”

Having spent all his playing life in union, Curgenven picked up on the differences between the sports in his brief time with the club.

“The fitness level is a lot higher in league, which is a lot more structured, a lot like chess, setting yourself up for the repeat set. In union you can hold onto the ball for 20 minutes,” he said.

Curgenven will head back to his former club, Wagga City, but said he’d love to return to the Blues.

“If stuff does turn around I’d love to head back and give it a better go. Work is the reason I’m in Australia but if I do return to league next year it will be with the Blues.”