I'll be mad for it – Croft

Date published: September 11 2014

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Leicester back-row Tom Croft says he will be “mad for it” if he is selected for his first start of the season against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.

Leicester flank Tom Croft says he will be “mad for it” if he is selected for his first start of the Premiership season against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.

Croft was a late withdrawal from the Tigers line-up last week with a shoulder complaint, with the team beating Newcastle Falcons 36-17 on home soil.

But having shaken that off, he's determined to make a big impact at Sandy Park if selected.

“If I'm required I'll be mad for it,” the 28-year-old English forward told BBC Radio 5 live.

“It's getting a bit frustrating now.”

The Lions back-row, who broke his neck against Harlequins in April 2012, admits he had taken a glass half full approach to the injury absence.

“After that, I learnt you have to be positive,” he said.

“There are not many injuries that are worse than that, apart from going the full way and not playing any more.

“You can always sit there in the physio room moping around and moaning, but that's not going to help your recovery.

“Or you can put a positive spin on it; get stronger, and come back better when you actually do return to playing.”

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