Hunslet’s hooker Jack Lee, although sidelined from guiding the Betfred League 1 leaders around the park through the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, is training hard in isolation and is also working long hours in an unstinting effort to help raise the spirits of West Yorkshire’s housebound population.

Jack, in addition to spearheading Hunslet’s promotion drive, works for TalkTalk whose aim, with others, is to install fibre optic broadband in each and every home, to ensure that internet access is available to all at a time when it’s probably needed more than ever.

He said: “So many people are stuck at home right now, and it’s unclear for how long.

“There’s more demand for internet access than ever but a surge in usage could lead to overload, so it’s important that we connect as many homes up as quickly as we can; it’s perhaps not generally realised how vital it is that the internet network be maintained.”

Hunslet’s pivot has been working round-the-clock for some time now, and had only two days off during March. He revealed: “I’m putting in 70 hours a week, while also making sure I keep training hard for Hunslet.

“Head coach Gary Thornton has set us programmes that we’re all adhering to so that, as and when the 2020 season resumes, will be ready to go.

“Those programmes have been made as enjoyable as possible but I’ve got to admit that I’m look forward to training as a group again, not least for the crack of being back with the lads. We’re all in touch on social media but it’s not the same as being together physically. The sooner we can get going again after a good start to the season which led to us topping Betfred League 1 the better.”