Vaimoso keen to rest to help heal long-standing foot injury
Winger Rewiti Vaimoso is adamant he will take it easy this summer as he attempts to return for another crack at National League rugby in peak physical condition.
The 31-year-old Green giant admits he is ready for a rest with a punishing eight months of physical endurance and strong running on the Heslam Park flanks taking its toll on a long-standing foot injury.
Although managing to keep the disruption to a minimum, the New Zealander has been forced to miss a couple of first-team matches this term with a broken metatarsal continuing to hamper his mobility.
Given his stature among the Heslam Park squad, Vaimoso's absence is always felt.
But he is hopeful putting his feet up, or, more accurately, one in particular, will ensure he is fit and raring to go when the club report back for pre-season training later in the summer.
"I think my body is looking forward to the close season this year," said Vaimoso, who was the Greens' sole try scorer in their 22-13 defeat by Market Rasen during Sunday's Lincolnshire Cup final.
"I think if I give it enough rest this summer it will be okay, but there's always the thought that I've got to keep fit. The young ones are running a lot faster then me!
"It won't stop me playing on next season, or hopefully not anyway. I don't want to jinx it by saying that!
"I'm not getting any younger either."
Vaimoso has battled on with the injury for more than two years – with the failure to allow it to heal properly the likely cause of why it is still an issue.
He knows it needs to improve this summer if he is going to remain in good enough condition to further challenge for a place in a first-team squad overflowing with youth and promise.
"I picked it up in 2010 when a player landed on the back of my leg in a tackle and I fractured my metatarsal," the Kiwi explained.
"It didn't really heal. I didn't give it enough rest before going back in so it's popped up every now and then.
"It's not been too bad this season, but missing a game or two has thrown me off a little bit.
"It's been a bit of a problem because my fitness has suffered as well.
"I can't really run or go on a treadmill too much because it's a bit hard on my foot, so I do have to worry about my fitness."
The end of the season has brought frustration on several fronts for Vaimoso, who narrowly missed out on finishing the campaign as Scunthorpe's top try scorer.
The Kiwi ran-in 23 tries in National Three Midlands this year – a season's best figure at their current standard – but finished agonisingly one behind fly-half Tom Foster.
Not that Vaimoso is bothered to have been pipped to the honour. He says the rivalry between himself and Foster is healthy, especially given the duo have often combined to ensure the other player crossed the line.
"It's been a bit of healthy competition, but in a way I think we more feed off each other. He has set me up for tries and I've done the same for him," added the winger, whose try tally is seven more than he managed last term.
"Neither of us are selfish, it's only a thing to laugh about after games.
"During the games it's always been about the team, which is the good thing."
Scunthorpe will hope that competition, foot permitting, continues next season.