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Dickinson delighted to be back in action

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The 28-year-old forward, who can play on the flank and in the second row, signed for the Saints from Rotherham Titans just under a year ago.

One of the highest rated forwards in The Championship, Dickinson unfortunately sustained an arm injury in the end-of-season play-offs which prevented him from playing until the start of 2013.

But he is now back in action and getting the minutes under his belt in the red and black of Moseley, for whom he made his first start of the season in last Friday's trip to Newcastle.

So Dickinson's delight in getting his career back on track is obvious.

"It's brilliant; it's a massive relief if nothing else," he said "I've obviously had the backing of Northampton, who have been really good to me. Just to get back out there is a massive relief and hopefully I can push on from here.

"There were some issues with the bone healing itself. You can get quite negative about things, but if you keep realistic about things then you can't get too down about it - either it will heal or it won't heal. You can't change that so you've got to be positive and find some other things to keep yourself occupied with.

"Obviously I've been doing a lot of rehab in the gym trying to put weight back on, getting my strength and fitness levels up and that's been it for the last 6 months, getting fit again and waiting for the arm to heal.

"You hit some dark times but you've got to try and stay positive about things. Worrying about it isn't going to help so you've got to get your head down, get on with it and wait for the body to heal."

Now that the body has healed the attention has turned to getting back to match fitness, and Dickinson says that he is enjoying being dual registered with Moseley.

"The Moseley lads have been quite accepting of the loan boys, everyone gets on really well," he added. "The main thing is getting used to two sets of calls; you've got to slot into the Saints and what they're doing and then slot into everything Moseley are doing.