NIK Grier is relishing his return to rugby with Southend Saxons.

The 34-year-old hooker took three months out of the sport following the birth of his daughter.

But Grier made a successful return to action at the weekend, scoring a try in Southend’s 39-20 win at Old Priorians.

And he was quick to dedicate the try to the latest member of his family.

“It was very pleasing to be back with the boys and the try was for my daughter Gracie,” said Grier.

“It’s always nice to score, especially as I don’t get many but I was just pleased to be part of a team that is growing stronger week by week.”

Southend’s victory, in their first outing of 2020, saw them move up to third in the London One North standings.

And Grier is setting his sights high for the remainder of the season.

“We are aiming high and we want second spot,” said Grier.

“We want that play-off spot and if we can play to our full potential there’s no doubt we can do it .

“With 11 rounds left we can’t afford to slip up. We need to perform week in week out if we want that play off spot and we’ve got a very hard two weeks coming up as we Eton Manor at home then Colchester away.”