CAMERON SETTER is delighted to have recovered from an horrific injury in time for the start of the new rugby season.
The 23-year-old needed surgery after breaking and dislocating his lower leg in Albion’s final home match of last season against Hartpury College on April 23.
The injury cast doubt on his rugby future with clubs that had made him offers for the 2016/17 campaign withdrawing them.
Setter, though, put that aside and has worked hard over the summer to get himself fit and he successfully made his comeback last Thursday when he played 25 minutes for Albion against his former club Ivybridge.
He has now agreed a deal to stay at Brickfields for the 2016/17 season and will combine that with training to be a maths teacher at Stoke Damerel Community College.
“I always kind of hoped I would be back (for the start of the season), but a couple of people said to me don’t put a date on it,” said Setter.
“But I had written down the three month mark to be back running and I did that. Then it was just a case of it feels all right running, let’s get back doing contact.
“Once I got to that three month mark I was pretty confident in being back for the start of the season.”
“Yeah, massively,” he said. “I was not worried about the running, it was more the contact and fitness.
“On Thursday against Ivybridge I was warming up and I was thinking ‘oh Jesus here we go’. I was more nervous about that game than anything else.
“But once I got out there it was not too bad and I forgot about my ankle.
“Luckily, I did some stuff over the summer so my fitness was not too bad.”
He added: “I’ve now got one game under my belt and it’s just a case of getting a few more.
“A few people have said I am not going to be back playing the same rugby as last year straight away – it is going to take three or four games.
“Hopefully, I can do enough to be starting and I can be playing. I just want to be playing as much as I can.
“Every week I just want to be pushing and getting better.”
Setter, who was attracting interest from Premiership and Championships clubs, insists he cannot look back on what might have been had he not got injured.
“I can’t keep looking back on it. I have to move on,” he said.
“I have got a teaching job and some rugby coaching so actually playing rugby has taken a bit of a back seat.”
Setter really came of age at Albion last season, making 19 starts and seven replacement appearances as the club won 22 of their 30 league matches.
He remains confident in his ability and hopes he can reach similar heights this term.
Setter, though, does expect National One to be tougher this year.
“This year is going to bring a few different challenges,” said the scrum-half. “We have got a new team and everyone in the league has got so much stronger. It is going to be a real tough year, but, we’ve just got to focus week by week on getting our systems going.”
Earlier in his career, Setter played centre and fly-half and he admits he has talked to Albion head coach Dan Parkes about the possibility of playing other roles this season.
“I am not necessary pushing for scrum-half now but to play rugby wherever,” said Setter.
Albion will play their final pre-season match this coming weekend when they travel to National Two South side Redruth.