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Posted Wednesday, November 18th 2020

'We're raring to go again' - Purdy

Henry Purdy is out to make up for lost time when the 2020/21 Gallagher Premiership season gets under way this weekend, and the wing insists the Bears are ready and raring to go again.

Purdy missed the conclusion of the 2019/20 campaign, including the Challenge Cup final and the Premiership play-off semi-final, with a hamstring injury - but back fit and firing, the 26-year-old is relishing a return to action at the Ricoh Arena.

'Back in the mix'

"It was tough to miss the big games at the end of last season, but it was great to see the lads win the Challenge Cup and sign off a really successful season," said Purdy.

"I'm delighted to be back in the mix. I've really enjoyed being back in training - the boys have come back in good shape and are ready to get stuck in.

"I'm fully fit and really excited to get back on the pitch for another season. It hasn't felt like an off-season, more like a mid-season break, but the lads are excited to be back and really keen to build on what we achieved last time out.

"We know what we want to achieve and we know we need to take things to another level if we are to achieve what we want to." 

'Making a statement'

Wasps have been something of a bogey side for the Bears since their return to the top-flight, having lost to them on all four occasions in the league over the past two seasons - and Purdy is expecting another tough test on Sunday afternoon.

"Wasps are a good team, as they showed plenty of times last season. We had a couple of tough games against them and we know they like to play in the broken field, but they are well organised as well. It's a massive challenge and we've got a bit of statement to make, to draw a line in the sand for the new season.

"As we come into the winter months, we know the breakdown is going to be a key battle for every side, as will the kick battle, the 50/50s on the ground, the aerial battle. But we want to be a team that has got a strong all-round game and we're not leaving any stone unturned."


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