Dan Jones finally returned from injury on Saturday, and while a 0-1 defeat may not have been the result he had hoped for, he was pleased to finally take to the pitch.
The full-back discussed the difficult journey that he has been on over the past year, taking the time to thank to everyone involved in his journey back.
“The club have had to be patient with me, Rodger (Wylde) has kicked me out of the room now, he doesn't want to see my face any more,” the full-back laughed.
“All the lads have been brilliant, as has the new manager. I haven’t kicked a ball for 12 months or so, it has been a very, very frustrating period for me.
Football can be a tough world for an injured player, spending hours in physio room, having to watch your team mates out on the pitch. For many, a period out of the game for this long could be too mentally damaging.
However, the 30-year-old was in good spirits, commending the medical and physiotherapy work of both Mal Purchase and Wylde.
He said: “I have had the team and medical staff to keep me mentally focused and my family too. So all praise goes to the medical staff, Mal, the coaching staff and my teammates.”
Jones continued to discuss the importance of the fans backing during the difficult period that he has faced, supporters cheered when his name was read out among the starting eleven.
The former Port Vale defender told Player HD that he is now focused on earning his place back in Gary Caldwell’s side.
“It does mean a lot, the fans come to me and ask me when I am back playing and I would tell them two weeks, but then I’d have another setback,” Jones said.
“They must have been getting as frustrated as I was, hearing that I was nearly fit and then that I wasn't. I want to thank them all, every comment that they make towards me means a lot.”
“I am happy that I got 60 minutes or so in as I had only started training Monday. I am only going to get fitter and stronger. There is a lot more to come.”