Brad Dwyer says testing positive for Covid-19 has shown him how difficult it will be to contain the virus.

The Leeds Rhinos hooker is currently self-isolating and will not be available to play again until next month.

He was tested after suffering from a severe headache following the Super League match with Huddersfield on September 11, and is currently unable to carry out any kind of exercise until he returns a negative test.

Dwyer said: “It’s not been ideal. I’m not sure where it’s come from and where I’ve caught it from, but from the moment I tested positive I was isolating straight away.

“It’s strange - I had a really bad headache. I suffered whiplash in the last game I played and thought it was a symptom of that.

Dwyer is hoping to begin the protocols to return to playing soon

“I didn’t really have any other symptoms until the back end of last week when I suffered for two days with really, really bad flu symptoms.

“But it was the headache that was the biggest issue, and a lack of energy. It was basically like a normal flu case - I then woke up one day feeling better, thankfully. Hopefully I’m on the other side of it now and it’s not had too much impact on my body and lungs.

"If anything its highlighted to me how difficult it’s going to be to control this. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not been too serious in my case, it’s just been an illness. But it’s how easily it’s spread and can go unseen, it highlights how difficult it will be to control it.”

Dwyer has been a key figure in Richard Agar's Rhinos side this season

Dwyer says his experiences have also validated the extensive Covid-19 procedures in place at the Rhinos, who beat Hull KR in his absence last week.

He added: “The club has been great and there’s been so much work done behind the scenes over the last couple of months. Now it’s coming to fruition with my case because it’s not wiped the club out.

“We’ve seen with other teams that once there’s been a case they’ve had to stand the whole organisation down and that’s not happened here. There’s been a couple of boys stood down but hopefully they haven’t got it and it proves that what the club has done is working.

“If I carry on symptom free and get a negative test, towards the back end of this week I’m allowed to live a normal-ish life.

“It’s then a seven days return to play protocol to go through to make sure everything’s alright with my lungs and heart before I go back to playing rugby. It’s been difficult but I’m hopefully coming through the other side now.”