Ollie Brown is eager to finally put his injury nightmare behind him as he prepares to make his long-awaited return for Needham Market.
The talented right-back saw his promising start to his career with the Marketmen cruelly halted last season after suffering a severe pull to the ligament in his groin, ruling him out for the past 11 months.
But after a frustrating period on the sidelines, the 22-year-old has finally stepped up his rehabilitation this week and looks set to return to full action as early as September, much to his relief.
“It has been a slow road to recovery but everything now seems to be falling into place,” he said.
“It has been really frustrating and the worst period of my career so far.
“To see the lads playing and knowing I couldn’t do anything was really tough because I wanted to be out there.
“Hopefully I can get right back in the groove and stake a claim for the starting 11.”
His chances of achieving that look positive with manager Mark Morsley keen to keep him in his plans by tying the defender down with a new contract.
“Signing a new deal was a relief and when I’ve spoken to the manager he’s told me I’m in his plans and he’s waiting for me to get back fit,” he added.
“It is a massive boost knowing that I haven’t been forgotten and I am still valued and wanted.”
n A first-half hat-trick from Sam Newson carried Needham Market to a stunning 3-1 victory over Skrill Conference South visitors Chelmsford City on Saturday.
Newson headed in Ian Westlake’s cross and converted the rebound after Sam Nunn had hit the bar to put the Marketmen two up against a side who ply their trade two levels higher than them.
Michael Cheek headed City back into the game, but Newson nonchantly completed his treble from Kem Izzet’s pass.