This week’s big interview is with ex-Wigan prop, Paul Prescott. We caught up with Paul to discuss what he is doing nowadays and reflect back on a career that was unfortunately cut short due to injury in 2013.
Prescott made his debut for Wigan in 2004 against Castleford and went on to play for Wigan 145 times, scoring four tries. During his career he won the Grand Final in 2010 and Challenge Cup in 2011; he also has one cap for Ireland. After his retirement, Prescott was awarded a testimonial in 2015 by Wigan and he now works for the Premier League.
Could you remind us what forced you to retire from Rugby League
A long standing back injury meant that I had to retire in 2013. The decision was taken out of my hands really and it was the right time for me to finish playing. Rugby League had been such a big part of my life for a long time so the transition wasn’t easy.
After retirement, what were your options in terms of work from Rugby League?
I had completed a law degree in 2010 and seriously considered taking up a legal career when I finished. There were some tempting offers and it may happen one day but I wanted to stay involved in sport. Wigan Chairman Ian Lenagan offered me an opportunity and I decided to take it.
You now work at the Premier League could you guide the reader through what that entails for you
Educating people on Rugby League! I also find time to work in Football Development and manage several projects designed to support Clubs with the development of young players.
Looking back at your time at Wigan, what would you say was your highlight of your career?
The 2010 Grand Final was the culmination of many years of hard work for the majority of the team involved. It was a special group of players and staff and having a beer with those people on the pitch at Old Trafford after the game will live long in the memory.
Who was the toughest opposition you played against?
Jamie Peacock. Relentless!
How important would say having a qualification has been for you, to fall back on, after your rugby career? Is this something that you think should be encouraged more at club level?
It has certainly given me opportunities, which is half the battle when starting a new career. Personally, I feel the Club does have a role to play but ultimately it is down to the Player themselves to consider their future away from sport.
Do you still stay in touch with players at Wigan that you played with?
Yeah I still live in Wigan and have good friends still playing or coaching.
Who is your tip for Man of Steel this year?
My old mate Micky Mac is going to come back on fire!