Plymouth Albion / Rugby

Albion teenager Putt hopes to finish season on a high

Tom PuttTEENAGER Tom Putt is hoping he can finish his Plymouth Albion debut season on a high.

The 18-year-old returns to Albion’s squad for Saturday’s match at Ampthill after a four-month absence.

Putt made an impressive start to his first senior season. He featured in nine of Albion’s first 10 matches and was their top points scorer until suffering a foot problem in November.

He was out for nearly three months and then went on loan to National Three South West side Newton Abbot to regain some match fitness.

But he impressed for the club’s development team last week against Exmouth and with the loss of fellow backs Ethan Ford and Jake Murphy, Putt has been recalled from his loan spell and goes straight into the squad for the trip to fourth-placed Ampthill.

He will start on the bench against the Bedfordshire side.

“Hopefully, I will get a chance this weekend to show my worth,” said Putt.

“If you get a chance you’ve got to take it, that’s the same with everyone here. We are all in the same boat.

“I am hoping for a good finish to the season. I want to end it on a high.”

Putt admitted he was frustrated to pick up an injury just when he was really finding his feet at National One level.

“It was massively frustrating,” he said. “I’ve never had an injury before, so to have three months out when I thought I was playing quite well was frustrating.

“Then I went on loan, but that was not really what I wanted although it was for the best at the time.

“But I am ready to go again and, hopefully, it (the foot problem) won’t come back to bite me again.”

Putt knows it will be tough tomorrow against fourth-placed Ampthill, who like Albion are unbeaten since January.

“It is a hard away game, but, hopefully, we can pull through,” he said.

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