Fred Burdon will return to Yorkshire Carnegie colours this Sunday as he looks to put an eighteen month injury nightmare behind him in as Bryan Redpath’s side take on Moseley in the British & Irish Cup Quarter Final at Headingley Carnegie, kick off 3pm.

He played in Yorkshire Carnegie’s first ever game after the name change down at Gloucester in a pre-season fixture at Kingsholm. He skippered the team that day 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.
Looking back on his time out Burdon admits there were some low points. He revealed, “The second Achilles tear was a bad moment. I knew that I had worked so hard to get back and so many people had showed a lot of faith in me including my team mates, the coaches and my friends and family. To not be able to deliver for other people because your body has let you down was a tough experience. All you want to do is play rugby and your body won’t let you, worst of all you don’t understand why.
“I never considered walking away from the game. I was always going to do the rehab because I wanted my body to be in good nick for life. Our physio Steve Humphries and doctor Jon Power were great with me as were the whole support team at Carnegie. To play rugby for a living is all I wanted to do my whole life, so there was never any doubt about it for me that I would come back,” added Burdon.
The 26-year-old centre admits he is looking forward to pulling on a Yorkshire Carnegie shirt again this afternoon. He added, “I am really looking to Sunday, it is the second time in a Yorkshire Carnegie shirt eighteen months apart. It has been too long and there is a lot I still want to do in the game.”
Fred was Carnegie’s Player of the Year in 2013-14 under Head Coach James Lowes and since then there have been a great deal of transition. Burdon has remained in and around the camp during that period but he admits he is grateful to Bryan Redpath for giving him a chance to return to action despite never having seen him play for the club. He added,  “The big thing for me is how much of an open mind Bryan has had. A lot of coaches would look at my injury history and dismiss me. He has seen that I have worked hard and listened to the medical staff who have advised him. He has allowed me to train and I am extremely thankful hopefully it can work out well and I can start paying that faith back at the weekend.”