Hemel Stags have confirmed that London Broncos Super League player Kieran Dixon will make his playing comeback from a serious knee injury in their Kingstone Press Championship One clash away at Gateshead Thunder on Sunday.
The 21-year-old tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and ruptured both his medial collateral ligament (MCL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his left knee while representing England Knights last October and, after undergoing surgery in early December, began the long road back to recovery.
To help aid his return to full fitness, Dixon has now agreed to play for Hemel Stags, a club he spent most of his informative years with.
“It feels good to be playing again after such a long time on the sideline,” said Dixon,
“To get the chance to play for my local team again will be a nice thing because that’s the place that opened the door for me to be where I’m at now.”
Providing he suffers no adverse reaction from his run out at Gateshead, Dixon is expected to be available to play for Hemel Stags the following Sunday, August 10, when the Hertfordshire outfit take on high flying Hunslet Hawks at the Pennine Way Stadium in another Kingstone Press Championship One fixture.
Stags’ official website spoke to head coach Troy Perkins soon after the news broke that Dixon would be making a playing return for the Hemel side.
“It is great to have Kieran back in a Hemel shirt and I am more than happy to bring him into our squad, which enables him to get some game time under his belt before he plays Super League again,” said Perkins.
The combative Australian recalls coaching Dixon from a young age, and had seen his prodigy develop into an exceptional talent, scoring 37 tries in 51 games for London Broncos, to become one of the hottest properties in the game.
“Kieran is one of the success stories of our club and I have known him for a long time,” said Perkins.
“I remember coaching him as a 12-year-old when he first joined our club and also bought him into our first team squad as a 16-year-old back in 2008,” added Perkins.
The dual registration arrangement has mutual benefits for both the player and play-off chasing Stags, as Perkins pointed out.
“Apart from much needed game time it will strengthen our team as Kieran is a top class winger who is a proven try scorer at the top level,” he said.
Dixon is expected to feature in at least two Kingstone Press Championship One fixtures for the Stags.