Chesterfield defender Bradley Barry says that he’s ready to go once again, after his recovery from a hamstring injury.
The summer signing completed 75 minutes in a behind closed doors friendly with Notts County at the Proact yesterday, and says that he’s now eyeing a place in the matchday squad for Saturday's trip to Morecambe (3pm).
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Barry said: “It’s been a long eight weeks for me, but it was nice to get out there with the boys again.
“It’s nice to have a midweek game before Saturday and now I’m back, ready and fit.
“I felt good, my task was to get up and down as much as I could, but not to push myself too much as I needed to make sure that hamstring was still right, but I felt really good.
“It’s a massive game and everyone is big for us now, Morecambe are not too far away from us, so it’s one that we have to go and dominate."
The former Swindon Town man had established himself in Jack Lester’s side, playing a big part in the Spireites’ six game unbeaten run between October and December, before injury struck in the 2-1 win over Barnet on December 9.
Barry admits that the time out of the starting XI was frustrating and has worked hard in the gym and on the training ground to ensure he’s back and ready to help Town move up the table.
“It’s horrible when you’re watching and knowing you can’t do anything about it,” he said.
“There’s been a lot (of work being put in), though I had a setback as well, travelled down to Yeovil and I was meant to be on the substitute, but during that week’s training my hamstring felt tight.
“But that week has done me the world of good, as I had another week with the fitness coach and the physio in the gym and making sure I’m doing all of my exercises right.”
Since his last appearance in a blue shirt, Barry has been joined in the changing room by the club’s 11 new signings.
The arrivals of the likes of Sid Nelson, Alex Whitmore and Drew Talbot have meant that competition across the back four is fierce, though Barry believes that’s a good thing.
“We’re always making sure that we’re together and doing everything right on and off the pitch,” he added. “The boys are very close and that’s a positive.
“It’s nice to see new faces come in as it gives the other players that kick to make sure they’re doing the right things and ready for the competition.
“The lads who’ve come in are such good lads and so easy to get on with, we’ve welcomed them with open arms.
“We need a big squad as we’ve had a few setbacks, but I feel that the boys who’ve come in are doing an excellent job.”