Neil Marshall column: I can’t wait to return

Neil Marshall.
Neil Marshall.

I really can’t wait to get back playing now.

I’m back in training and will hopefully have my first game back for the reserves against Colne on Thursday.

Hopefully it won’t be called off and I can pull the Dolly Blue shirt back on for the first time since surgery in November.

I’ve been training with the lads for the last couple of weeks and things are feeling okay.

I see the surgeon every couple of months and I asked him if there was any problem about me coming back and he’s said it will be fine and that in fact, the more exercise I do the better.

We’ve just got to see how it goes and that’ll dictate when I return to the first team.

I’m travelling to New Mills on Saturday and it’s just down to the gaffer (head coach Darren Peacock) as to whether or not I’m on the bench.

It felt strange not to be playing over Christmas and New Year.

I had a few more drinks than I usually would but it’s the first time in eight years I’ve been able to do that.

It was nice for a change but I’d certainly rather be playing on Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and the rest. It’s a really big part of the season.

But since I’ve been out the lads have done really well with the performances of the younger players really pleasing.

It bodes well not only for the rest of the season but the long-term future of the football club.

I know everyone was frustrated not to be able to keep the good run going with the games at Radcliffe Borough and Burscough being called off.

But on the positive side for me there’s more games to play in the second half of the season!

I don’t see why we can’t push on and stay right in the mix at the top.

We’ve got to be looking at the play-offs.