A TERRITORIAL Army soldier from Sheffield is preparing to put months of training into practise and deploy in Afghanistan.
Sean Rutter, aged 21, from Killamarsh, is a Sapper in the Royal Engineers and will be stationed for the next six months in the country as a combat engineer.
His tasks will range from helping to build and maintain bases to dealing with Taliban bombs.
The former Eckington School pupil, who works for a waste management company in civilian life, has BEEN training for the deployment since the end of last year.
He said: “We have done a lot of training in the build up to our deployment.
“I am really looking forward to it. It will be a real chance to prove to myself I can do this job. Of course I am a little nervous - anyone who says they aren’t is lying - but I want to go.”
Sean, who spent three years in the Coldstream Guards from 2005 to 2008, said when he completes the tour he may rejoin the Army full time.
He added: “I have learnt new trades in the TA which will really help in civilian life. I am now a qualified combat engineer and also have an Army Medics qualification.”