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Heyes happy to be back among Tigers team-mates

Joe Heyes admits the first week of Phase One training has not been ideal for front-rowers, but says there is an “excited” atmosphere at Oval Park with Leicester Tigers team-mates back together for the first time in almost three months.

The prop, who was among the more than 45 players to report for duty on Monday (June 15), also added that the training has been “tough” but necessary after the lengthy lay-off from squad sessions.

“After such a lengthy period training by yourself, being back with team-mates at Oval Park is good,” Heyes said.

“The training has been tough, not the sessions front-rowers necessarily look forward to, but it’s important to get the running and lifting loads into us.”

The 21-year-old also believes the proposed return to play date of August 15 is helpful in having a date to aim for but says the focus on “short-term gains” in Tigers Town.

“There is a good feeling around and everyone is excited about having some dates to work towards, but we’re still very much thinking about making short-term gains for now,” added Heyes.

“The group has come back in good condition but we have still got hard work ahead of us and the effort from the lads has been great.”

After a well-earned weekend off, the squad will reconvene for Week Two of Phase One on Monday (June 22) at their Oval Park base as the club prepares to welcome some new faces in Week Three, from July 1, when the newest additions to the squad commence their time as Tigers players.