Connor Hall cannot wait to prove his fitness after seeing Ian Miller and his Cambridge United teammates celebrate promotion to the Football League.
The former Bury Town and West Suffolk College pupil, celebrating his 21st birthday today, has had his dream move to the U’s put on hold for the past year due to injuries.
But after being able to step up his rehabilitation programme to full running, the St Neots-based player is chomping at the bit to prove he can make the grade as a Football League player in League Two next season.
Of Cambridge’s 2-1 play-off final victory over Gateshead on Sunday — which saw fellow college pupil and Bury Town captain Miller lift another cup at Wembley, following on from March’s FA Trophy triumph — he said: “I watched it on the television and I was over-the-moon for the boys.
“Over the season I have been popping in and out with the physio and changing room and I’ve got close to the boys.
“I was delighted for them and they deserved it, after being top of the league for so long before Luton overtook them — the two best teams definitely went up.”
He added: “I have to have another chat with Jez George, who is currently on a charity walk, but as far as I am aware I will be going there in pre-season and will be given a fitness programme before I go back.
“Because I have had a year out they want to see me first, and I understand that.
“Hopefully I will get a contract, but if not I have other options.”
Sunday’s final was a bitter-sweet experience for Exning-based Miller, who was stretchered off with a ruptured Achilles’ late in the game.
He is now set to miss most of their first season back in the Football League — with estimates suggesting he could be sidelined until February.
Cambridge’s promotion sees them return to the Football League after a nine-year absence.