Varndell, who has only been able to play in seven games this season due to injury, says that he is on track with his rehab programme. However, it is clear that fact is not helping too much as he continues to be forced to watch his teammates from the sidelines.
“Everything is on track and I’m really getting through the rehab now and the end is in sight, which is great. It feels really good and I’m starting to get some strength back into my arm. The first couple of weeks there wasn’t a lot I could do, which was frustrating, but now I am starting to load, putting some weight back through my arm, building the muscle tone back up. It looked a bit like a child’s arm so I have to build all of that muscle back up.”
“As a player, all you want to do is play all the time, so when that’s taken away from you through injury that can get very frustrating. Watching the boys train really hard all week and then it to just not click at the weekend is even harder. It is upsetting and frustrating because you want to be out there with them, helping them and doing the best you can for the Club.”
The last four weeks have seen Wasps go down to narrow losses against Harlequins, London Irish, Bath and Sale. Varndell, however, is far from doom and gloom.
“It just hasn’t gone our way in recent weeks. We have been involved in some tight results and, unfortunately, we have been on the wrong side of them. We know how we can play, we have shown it this season but we haven’t quite been able to do it consistently.”
“We still have every chance of finishing in the top six but we know we have to be a lot better than we have been recently if we want to do that. Both Chris Bell and Dai Young have told the players that the performances in the last two weeks haven’t been good enough but, the truth is, nobody needed telling. The players have all been given a week off to recharge, physically and mentally, and come back in ready to set the record straight.”
“Everyone's been working so hard, that has been a tone set since the first day of preseason. Things just need to click for us. There is no doubt about the work ethic among this group of players. It is frustrating sometimes when fans question the amount of work we are putting in, because we really are working our socks off to be as good as we can be and we just want it to translate on the field. The truth is that it hasn’t quite clicked yet. It is very easy to forget that, not too long ago, we won eight from nine games. Premiership rugby is so competitive that you can be one or two percent off your game and you will lose the game. We have never been a million miles away in terms of the score line and all we need is for those things to click and we will be where we all know we belong.”
“Nobody likes losing and we come in on a Monday hurting from a loss but, in terms of general morale, everything is positive. We all get on very well. That is often said but it really is true, this bunch of boys all get on so well and we all want to be the best we can. That hasn’t changed. We push each other every day, we know when the standards aren’t good enough and we are desperate to get things right. When the boys come back in next week they will be fully focused on doing everything possible to hit the ground running going into this last run of games.”
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