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Alex Davies will be back on very familiar ground when London Welsh travel to Plymouth Albion on Saturday.

The Exiles fly half will make his first return to Brickfields since trading Plymouth for Old Deer Park in the summer, having more than left his mark at Albion during his three years at the club.

Davies broke one record and equalled another during the 2010/11 season, on his way to racking up 236 points in 25 Championship appearances.

He kicked a record-breaking seven penalties in Plymouth’s 35-24 relegation play-off victory over Birmingham & Solihull Bees, having earlier in the season equalled the club’s record for most points in a league match by scoring 26 points against the same opposition at Damson Park.

He unluckily fell just short of the Chris Atkinson’s 256 point record for the most league points scored in a season.

“There will be mixed emotions - I had three enjoyable years there,” said Davies.

“It’s always good to go back, I love Plymouth. Graham Dawe found me and the club did a lot for my career.

“Graham has been an excellent servant to Plymouth. People not involved in the club will not know they work he did – he did the work of about six people. He was groundsman, director of rugby, coach - he did so much stuff. He will be missed.

“He did a lot for me and I’ve got a lot to thank him for. I was just playing National League rugby with Waterloo in Liverpool and he’s put me where I m now. I’ve got a lot to thank Plymouth for.”

Davies began his career at Sale Sharks Academy, where he spent two years before joining Waterloo RFC in National League One. He joined Plymouth Albion in 2008, although a hernia operation restricted him to just 12 appearances in his debut season.

In 2009/10 his haul of 87 Championship points saw him voted Most Promising Young Player by the club’s supporters.

“My first year I didn’t really get too much game time, I was playing a lot of second team rugby and Warriors rugby, and it was just an eye opener for me being in a professional environment,” said Davies.

“It was my first-ever year of training every day and weights, and I just loved it. I tried to get my head down and work as hard as I could. I was third choice ten when I arrived and I ended up starting the majority of the last two seasons.

“Being down there worked well for my career, it certainly toughened me up. Plymouth have a never-say-die attitude, a great work ethic and that came from Graham Dawe.

“He got involved in training everyday, he trained himself and was fitter than most of the boys in the team. Plymouth will be fit and physical and they’ll take us on up front.”

Aside from the backing of London Welsh’s travel support, there will also be two people in the stand from Plymouth whose support he can also be sure of. Although his girlfriend may be currently at university in Leeds, her parents will be at Brickfields on Saturday and they’ll be no divided loyalties come 3pm.

“They’ll definitely be supporting me,” said Davies.

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