Fred Burdon said it felt awesome to be back playing for Yorkshire Carnegie and putting an 18-month injury nightmare behind him to help Carnegie through to the semi Final of the British & Irish Cup.

The 26 year-old centre played in Yorkshire Carnegie’s first ever game after the name change down at Gloucester in a pre-season  fixture but a torn Achilles wrecked his season and just as he was about to return to fitness last spring, he suffered another torn Achilles on the other leg.

After a long road to recovery, Burdon made a welcome return off the bench against Moseley and said it was great to be back out there.  “It felt awesome, I couldn’t have asked for a better day.  The lads played really well and everyone has been so welcoming in getting me back in and I really enjoyed it.

“A year ago playing rugby at Headingley Carnegie did seem a long way off but a lot of people have helped me. Jon Power, Steve Humphries and the conditioners, Shane Carney, Ryan Clayton and Blackie.  Loads of people have helped me and put so much effort in with me and I am so grateful for that as it allows me to do what I love and play rugby.”