After missing much of the season through injury, flanker Justin Melck is looking to make up for last time as the squad prepares for the Premiership run-in and the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster at Twickenham next month.
Melck suffered the knee injury in the Premiership semi-final at Leicester Tigers last season and although he is now back in first team action, the ex-Western Province and Stormers loose-forward believes that he still has some improvements to make, until he reaches his own high standards.
He explained: “I am very happy to be back playing. Being injured and on the sidelines for a prolonged period is hard to take for most players, and I’m no different, so to get a few games under my belt recently has been great.
“I’m still not where I’d like to be in terms of my performance, and that is inevitable I suppose due to the nature of my injury, so I still have to work hard to get back hitting the kind of form I know I’m capable of. But I’m very happy to back in contention and I think it’s extremely important that everyone at the club is ready to perform when called upon, as we have some very important games coming up.”
Melck is one of three Saracens back rows who are getting back from injury, and he took time out to put on record his pleasure of seeing the two others, Andy Saull and Jacques Burger, on the verge of a return to the fold.
He added: “It’s great to see Saully and Jacques being close to a return to action. I know they have both had their injury problems and to see them on verge of playing again is great for the club.”