Wing ace Miles Benjamin is determined to show he is back to his best for Worcester Warriors in the Championship – after revealing his frustration as he watched the finals weeks of last season from the sidelines.
England Saxons star Benjamin was ruled out of action in April and after going under the knife was a spectator as Warriors completed a disappointing 2009/10 campaign.
The speedster is now on the road to recovery and has started pre-season at Sixways eager to make his mark and fire Warriors back into the big time.
“I’m just back from a shoulder operation so I have been doing running – the only thing I can do – and a lot of it in pre-season,” said the former Warriors Academy product.
“The shoulder is fine and that is what I keep telling the medical guys. I can’t wait to get back into full training and playing again.
“The atmosphere is really good at the club, there are still some of the new lads to come back in but the core of us is back in and we are working hard.
“I haven’t played since late March so I can’t wait to get out there and do what I love again – play some rugby and score some tries.
“My commitment to this club is not in question. I love it here and this league is not where we belong. We will not take anyone lightly.
He added: “We are all very positive, we have accepted our position, it’s a new challenge and we need to perform.
“It’s been a hard few months as we get our heads around relegation, now we are looking forward to those games and rectifying the best way possible – on the pitch.”
Benjamin is eager to get among the tries next season and provide Warriors and new Head Coach Richard Hill with a real cutting edge out wide.
But he knows he will have a long way to go to beat the current Worcester record for tries in a season that is held by Nick Baxter who clocked up 29 scores in the 1997/98 season.
“A few people have mentioned Backo and the number of tries he scored,” laughed Benjamin. “It’s all good fun and games, I’m sure I will have a joke about taking his records when I see him, but that is not the focus for me.
“This season is about getting out of the Championship at the first time – if I can get some tries on the back of it, though, I won’t be complaining.”
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