Dey Shoulders Injury Set-Back

ImageMatt Dey swapped the drama of the Barclays Churchill Cup Final for the operating table and underwent surgery on a long-term shoulder problem but the long-serving centre says he cannot wait for the new season to start.

After recently signing a new one-year deal in late May, Dey flew off to North America as part of the Scotland A squad " led by Edinburgh assistant coach Rob Moffat " and played his part in helping the team qualify for the final; losing against England Saxons in Chicago.

But the 27-year-old stepped straight off the plane and into the surgeon's office to repair a damaged shoulder; putting him out for the start of the 2008/2009 season.

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Dey said: "I was away on the Churchill Cup and we did well by getting through to the Final, although it was a bit disappointing to lose to England.

"But the guys played really well against Canada and Argentina. Personally I would"ve liked to have played a bit more rugby, but it is always good to be a part of a Tour like that. It was enjoyable to experience warmer climes and different cultures.

"My reward was to come back and the next day I underwent shoulder surgery. I"ve just had a shoulder reconstruction and, fingers crossed, it all went well. Hopefully I won't be out for too long and then I"ll be back into action.

"It is just something that has been niggling away for a wee bit and it was always going to need to be sorted. It was just difficult trying to find a window to get it sorted, but it is fixed now and on the mend."

With Ben Cairns and Nick De Luca both featuring on the senior Scotland tour of Argentina and Andrew Easson returning from injury, Dey acknowledges there will be plenty of players challenging for spots in midfield next season.

But the Dundee born back says that the level of competition for places was the key ingredient behind the team's on-field success last term.

He added: "I think it is always healthy to have competition for places and certainly last year with the relative success we achieved was largely down to the amount of competition for places.

"It was a case of people pushing each other on and we will need more of the same this year if we are going to progress.

"From my point of view, I"m looking to return to full fitness as soon as possible and get back in the mix."

One of the key moments that triggered the Edinburgh renaissance last season was the away win registered at Ulster in November which was hugely influenced by Dey's early try.

He said: "It is the first time I'd ever won at Ulster and I think it was the first time the club had won there for five years. It is a fairly special place to go and play rugby and it was also good to play against my old mate, Rob Dewey and put one over on him."

But it is not only his exploits on a rugby pitch which has elevated Dey into the spotlight " he is also set to appear on the nation's TV screens at the end of the year.

Dey and his girlfriend featured in an episode of Location, Location with Edinburgh fans, Kirstie and Phil.

He said: "It was an interesting experience. I"ve got to thank Andy for letting me take part in it and everybody can laugh at my expense at the end of the year. Whether I"ll be disclosing the date of when it will be shown remains to be seen."