Henry Trinder has vowed to get back to his best for Gloucester Rugby as he continues his recovery from long-term injury in their Aviva Premiership Rugby clash with London Welsh this weekend.
The centre returned to league action in last Friday’s 18-15 defeat to Leicester Tigers, having not featured in the Premiership since damaging his shoulder against Sale Sharks in September.
But with his name back on the teamsheet and the Cherry & Whites showing some impressive form since the turn of the year, Trinder is hoping hit his straps as soon as possible.
“I was coming off the back of a really good pre-season, so having to slam the brakes on is not what anyone wants to happen,” Trinder said.
“I have spent a long period without playing, but hopefully it won’t take me too long to get back into it.
“I want to get to where I was before the injury as fast as possible, so I have to keep putting in all the hard work in training and recovery, and put myself through my paces to get to the level I want to be at.
“It was nice to get through 20 minutes at Welford Road, it was the first step of the comeback in a way, but there is a lot more to do.”
Gloucester’s clash with the Exiles provides them with an opportunity to return to winning ways, their defeat to Leicester having ended an unbeaten start to 2015.
They sit ninth heading into the weekend’s Premiership fixtures, but given the tight nature of the league this year, they trail fourth-placed Wasps by only 11 points.
And after an inconsistent kick-off to the campaign, Trinder believes they can start looking upwards from here on in.
“We are a new team and at the moment we are not exactly where we want to be with the quality that we have on offer,” he added.
“Our first aim is to work hard and break into the top six, but we know that the top four is not far away this season if we can manage to string some wins together.
“That is where we ultimately want to be, but we are doing well this season and hopefully it won’t be too long before we are in the mix for trophies.”
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