Whitby Town striker Ashley Coffey feels ready to make his mark on the first-team after returning to light training.
Coffey signed for the club in the summer from Marske United, but has been unable to feature so far this season due to a long-term knee injury.
The forward, however, is on the comeback trail, returning to light training last Thursday, before completing the pre-match warm-up on Saturday when Bamber Bridge visited the Turnbull Ground.
After a year out through injury, Coffey insists that things are on the up and he’s excited for his first taste of Blues action, but he won’t be rushing things.
“It’s a lot better now, it has been a very frustrating time for me,” he told the club’s official website.
“I’ve had to a do a lot of work but I am still not 100%.
“Just after my operation I couldn’t do anything and I just had no motivation to do anything.
“Now though I’m buzzing to play now but I just need to remember to be careful.”
“I’m hoping that I’ll be back in another 3-4 weeks, but if it takes longer to be ready then it does.
“I want to be at my best when I come back as I’ve been out so long, I can’t see the point in coming back unfit and feeling sluggish.
Town fans that haven’t seen Coffey in action before can expect to see hard-working and honest performances from the striker, mixed in with goals and tough-tackling.
The former West Auckland man, however, will be testing himself at a new level after a senior career in the Northern League today, but knows what to expect from his spell watching from the sidelines.
“You can tell at this level players are more comfortable on the ball,” Coffey continued.
“It’s a lot more tactical and more physical, which suits my play style.
“Players are a lot fitter and teams don’t concede as much as they do in lower leagues.”