Full back Will Talbot-Davies is targeting a successful return to action later this season – acknowledging there is still a huge amount for Dragons to play for.
Dragons Academy product Talbot-Davies had impressed in the No.15 jersey this season before he injured his wrist in the Guinness PRO14 derby win over Ospreys.
The 22-year-old is now on the road to recovery after learning he does not require surgery.
And the Solihull-born ace admits a series of big league games and the European Challenge Cup quarter-final with Bristol Bears is a big incentive to return to the fold as soon as possible.
“It was good news to know I don’t need surgery,” he said. “I went up to Leeds to see a specialist and was told the joint is stable, which is as good as it could have gone.
“It’s a big positive for me and now it is all about the rehabilitation and getting back fully fit and back involved as soon as I possibly can.
“The wrist is still a bit stiff, mainly because I was in a cast for a few weeks, but gradually I will get the range of motion back and can strengthen it up.
“A massive thanks to the supporters for the messages of support since my injury,” he added. “It’s great to see that kind of thing on twitter, it gives you that lift and positivity during what can be a negative time.”
Talbot-Davies, who has made 25 appearances for Dragons, had made the full back jersey his own in November and December before injury struck.
And he is determined to bounce back and help fire Dean Ryan’s men up the Conference A standings and into the latter stages of Europe.
“I was enjoying my rugby so it was a shame that I picked up the injury when I did,” he said.
“I was delighted to get a run of games at full back so hopefully I can get back as soon as possible and look to string some more together before the end of the campaign.
“The European quarter-final is a game that we all want to be a part of, with just a short trip over the bridge to face Bristol. It will be some afternoon.
“There is also plenty to play for in the Guinness PRO14 and if we have a successful February we could be in the mix to move up the conference. A few wins and you never know where we could end up.
“We’re not writing off this second half of the season at all. There is plenty to play for on all fronts and my target is to be a part of that. It’s an exciting a few months ahead.”
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A massive thanks to the supporters for the messages of support... It’s gives you that lift and positivity during what can be a negative time...