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Simpson-Daniel wants final high

07th January 2014 05:21

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Last ride: James Simpson-Daniel

Gloucester stalwart James Simpson-Daniel is excited to close out his career on a high with a two-year extension at Kingsholm.

The 31-year-old has made 276 appearances for the club over 14 seasons, but has often been plagued by injuries.

Capped ten times by England, Simpson-Daniel has been out since suffering a serious ankle injury earlier this season against Newcastle in the LV= Cup.

"I wanted to try and get two good years of quality rugby into me and then hang the boots up," Simpson-Daniel told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

"I wasn't playing any games when we had the negotiations and it was about a two-year deal. I didn't want to go in there and say I wanted three because I've got this fear - I don't want to peter down and be playing second team rugby in the final year of a contract."

Commenting on his rehabilitation, Simpson-Daniel went into detail on the procedure carried out to put his ankle back together. His return is expected between March and May this year.

"I saw one of the specialists in London, had an X-ray on my ankle and leg and he was very happy with it," added Simpson-Daniel.

"He showed me (the scans) and yes, there is a nice big plate in there but it is holding the bone together well and I couldn't be happier.

"Obviously I dislocated it, broke the bone, took a bit of ligament off, some cartilage damage and other bits and bobs, but I've now got the air-cast boot off now."

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