Cadan Murley is determined to bounce back from his injury last season and help Harlequins push for a top four position in the Gallagher Premiership.

The 20-year-old rose to prominence last season, but his run of good form ended when he dislocated his elbow in a Premiership clash against Northampton Saints in April.

Harlequins ended the season fifth in the Premiership but start their season at home against Bristol Bears in the Premiership Rugby Cup.

Having taken an enforced break from playing, Murley has tried to improve himself off the pitch to progress his game on it.

“You’ve just got to look at the injury in a positive manner,” Murley said.

“You’ve got to try and improve yourself off the pitch because, obviously you can’t go out there and play.

“Whether that’s improving through analysing other games that you’ve played, going into the gym trying to get stronger and more powerful in your lower body or trying to improve in other ways.

“The club’s great here, they’re really positive about the injury, especially all the boys.

“Obviously they’ve gone through injuries in the past and they were the first people to send me messages after the game saying it was going to be alright and if you ever need anything then don’t be afraid to ask.

“I just want to be that step quicker than I was last season. I want to be more explosive off the mark.

“In the gym been doing a lot of stuff in there to with my leg power, and then in the analysis room it’s all about the high ball, trying to improve on that and looking at the world's best.”

Murley hopes his team can thrive in every competition they play in this season and believes they can push themselves to the next level.  

“It was a really positive season, I thought I just managed to get out there and get some game time and show what I can do. Hopefully I’ll do that again this season,” Murley added.

“I want to build on that again and I want to go the next step further and we all want to try and get the team to the next level where we know it can be, which is to get that top four and push the likes of Exeter and Saracens.

“We’re looking to win. We are fully focused this season on whatever competition it is, we are looking to win. We’re trying to win every little battle on the pitch.

“We’re putting probably our strongest team out, there might be a bit of rotation, but I think Paul Gustard backs everyone to fulfil every position and do the jersey justice.”