Kerr: Recharged And Refreshed

ImageGavin Kerr revealed his summer break has left him refreshed and recharged ahead of the 2008/2009 season with Edinburgh after the Scotland prop underwent an operation on his ankle.

Rather than being involved in the senior squad's Tour of Argentina or the A team's Churchill Cup campaign in Canada, the 50-cap prop forward stayed at home to sort out his injury problems.

Now the 31-year-old front rower says he is feeling the benefit and is aiming to enjoy his best ever season in the black and red jersey of Edinburgh.

Kerr said: "My ankle injury had been bothering me for most of the season " ever since I had come back from the World Cup.

'so I thought it would be good to just have some time off in order to get my ankle sorted out before the start of next season."

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"I"m not feeling too bad at the moment; I managed to get rid off some knocks that I was carrying at the end of last season.

"I"m feeling pretty refreshed and I can't wait to get stuck into training once my ankle settles down. At the moment, I"m doing a bit of rehab and weights.

"I"m looking for Edinburgh to have a good start in the league and, on a personal level, I want to be performing well at the start of the year and get myself back in the picture for the Autumn Tests. Then we will see how it goes from there."

Kerr also struggled to shake off a recurring 'turf toe" injury and he admits the injury hindered his ability to deliver top-class performances last season.

He said: "I did it before the World Cup even started. It was there all the time, all the way through and then when I came back I got it sorted it started to settle down.

"I couldn't really do much on it; pushing off on it was really difficult and it was in my head all the time. But now it seems to have settled down " touch wood."

After joining Edinburgh after the World Cup, Kerr recorded 14 starts and made a significant contribution as the club finished fourth in the Magners League.

But the former Leeds prop believes the best is still yet to come and that he will improve on last season's performances up front.

He said: "I enjoyed my season last year, but I don't think it was one of my best. These niggling little injuries stopped me from being at full fitness.

"My ankle stopped me from playing a full game. I had played full games in seasons before that with no problem at all, so I"m looking to do that again next season.

"I"m hopefully going to play for another four or five years; as long as my body feels alright. In this time in my career, I should be at my peak and next season I will hopefully be able to step up a level.

"It is all about managing my fitness. If I do pick up a knock I"ve just got to be sensible about it and let it settle down.

"It does get frustrating if you do pick up something small. You don't want to seem like you are shying away from training, especially when you are a bit older. I"m only 31 and I want to be as fit as everybody else."