Doncaster Knights fly-half Paul Roberts is ready to forget the pain of watching his teammates win the Championship title in May by bouncing back for the new season.
The 24-year-old suffered a knee injury in the penultimate game of last season and had to watch as his side pulled through in an agonising last-day success at Blackheath to secure Championship rugby once again.
But now Roberts says he can hardly wait to return to playing again and is eyeing the start of the new season for a return to action.
“It’s getting quite exciting now that I’m almost back, I’ve enjoyed the challenge and my motivation to get back to full fitness has never dropped,” he said.
“The target return date has always for the first game of the season.”
And having played in the Championship previously for Plymouth, Roberts knows only too well the demands of playing in the second tier.
“The Championship is a step up, we all know that.
“It seems that every season the Championship gets better and better, there’s more money coming into it, the standard is so high right through the competition.”
“We know what we’re up against,” he added.
Knights kick off their campaign against Roberts’ old team Plymouth at Castle Park on 6th September, but Roberts remains level-headed about the occasion.
“The main thing for me is making sure I am 100 percent fit before playing and making sure I don’t have my judgment clouded by emotions towards that game.”