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Hook targets Scarlets return

Guinness PRO12 Editor

10 Sep 2010


Ospreys centre James Hook is targetting the Magners League clash against the Scarlets on October 2 as his return from injury.

The 25-year-old underwent surgery in the summer to resolve an injury to his left shoulder and missed the region’s Magners League opener in Ulster last weekend.

"The shoulder feels a lot better. It's still a bit stiff but I have full movement,” said Hook, who was a Magners League winner in 2005 and 2007.

"Firstly I want to get fit and back on the pitch. Hopefully I can get a few games under my belt before November. I'm still on track to return at the end of September or beginning of October.

"So it looks like the Scarlets away, which is ironic because that's where I did my injury last Christmas. So that would be nice, and then there are two big Heineken Cup games, but obviously I don't want to rush it."

The versatile Welsh international, who still harbours ambitions to play outside-half, expects to continue being used in the centre but is relishing playing under the IRB's new law directives.

"Dan Biggar has done well at 10 so they are going to stick with him, that's obvious really,” added Hook.

"But I'm happy as long as I'm fit, playing and giving myself a chance to play for Wales.

"The new directives open the game up to the attacking team more. It gives us a chance to play and it probably makes life a bit easier at 10.

"People like Quade Cooper have thrived on it. So that will only help with my aspirations for 10."