Written by Callum Walker
It was January 2013 when Ben Jones-Bishop first had a complaint of breathing problems. That turned into a six-month layoff after the winger was found to have a blood clot in one of his lungs. A course of treatment later and the Jamaican international returned in June that year to continue plying his trade for Leeds – the club he supported as a child.
That issue looked to have been put behind him as Jones-Bishop moved to Salford and then Wakefield in 2016, becoming one of Trinity’s stand-out performers with 61 tries in 108 games in the last four years.
But, he was again sidelined in January this year with the same problem, sparking fears that this time it may well spell the end of the winger’s career.
Jones-Bishop was initially given the year off by chairman Michael Carter and boss Chris Chester, but said he was willing to put his hand up if things got tough. That has led the winger to be given a call-to-arms by Chester as Wakefield suffer from a catalogue of injuries.
With his contract running out at the end of the season, Jones-Bishop needs to put himself in the shop window so to speak. And, getting back on the field is the only way he is going to be able to do this. However, at the age of 32, he’s no spring chicken and clubs may well be put off with the fact that he’s had two major illnesses during his career.
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Hopefully, the problem can be put behind him as he approaches the twilight of his career. Jones-Bishop has been a great servant to the game and has always approached rugby league with enthusiasm and dedication. The ultimate professional on and off the field, it would be a shame for the winger to have to call it a day before his time is up.
And, with the World Cup coming into the horizon in 2021, Jones-Bishop will most certainly have his eyes on turning up for Jamaica in their maiden competition.