Bury Town’s Connor Hall is set to make his much-anticipated and long-awaited comeback for the Ram Meadow-based outfit tomorrow (3pm).
One of the Blues’ marquee summer signings, Hall expects to play for 45 minutes in their opening pre-season friendly at Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division outfit Gorleston.
The versatile 21-year-old has not kicked a ball in anger since the end of the 2012/13 season because of serious hip injuries and that 15-month spell on the sideline has made him more desperate than ever to pull on a blue shirt.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Hall. “I can’t wait.
“I had my first session on Tuesday and that went well.”
The St Neots-based youngster suffered a minor injury setback that forced him out of the first week of pre-season and Hall admits he needs to make sure he strikes a fine balance in his preparations for the new campaign.
“I’ve got to look after myself a lot more after these operations,” he said.
“Still, I can’t wait for Saturday.”
The West Suffolk College graduate — who has played for England Colleges — broke through at Ram Meadow under Richard Wilkins in the 2011/12 campaign and went on to make nine starts and seven substitute appearances that season, predominantly at left-back.
One of those came in the Ryman Premier play-off semi-final defeat at AFC Hornchurch, but he endured a stop-start 2012/13.
The season started well and he seemed all set for a move to Leyton Orient, but no formal offer was made to the Suffolk club, creating an angry backlash from then director of football Trevor Collins.
Hall went on to make 25 starts and five substitute appearances, used mainly in the centre of midfield — the youngster’s preferred position.
He scored his first goals for the Blues in a 10-1 Suffolk Premier Cup thrashing of local rivals AFC Sudbury and also netted in the final qualifying round FA Cup defeat at Conference South outfit Dorchester Town, but injury problems hindered his progress.
That did not stop Cambridge United making a move for him at the end of the campaign, only for that to also fall through 12 months later when the U’s were promoted to the Football League.