PRE SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

Telegraph-sport

I’VE forgotten what a summer break is!

I was lucky enough to get a week away with the family but I deliberately restricted myself to just one week because of my rehabilitation programme as I continue to recover from my knee injury.

I have got a year left on my contract and I want to give everything to get myself fit and make myself available to push to play in the first team again.

I had some specialist treatment as well which has helped because I was struggling with a bit of pain because of my workload and at the moment I feel I am reaping the rewards.

Within the last two weeks I have started light training with the under 21s.

I did a full session last Friday. I joined in the warm-up, possession, and a small-sided game as well.

It was non-contact, so for the first time I felt like a “Will Hughes” or a “George Thorne”, as I wasn’t allowed to get tackled!

I cannot say how pleased I am to be out on the training pitch again.

I actually trained with a few lads earlier this week who I’ve never trained with before – Paul Coutts, Conor Sammon, John Eustace, Johnny Russell.

It was an absolute pleasure to train with them finally.

I still have a way to go but we are already talking about when I can do contact training and how long it will be before I can play some part in a reserve-team game.

To get to the stage where we are even contemplating that is a huge, huge plus for me.

It is nice that we are finally starting to see some light.

I have always believed I can get back, and I have always had a confidence in myself and the people around me.

That has been a mental vision. Now, physically, I am starting to get to that stage.

I am feeling stronger, I am starting to be more mobile and get more freedom and more natural ability to move around the pitch.

It is a case of just increasing it each week.

Even to be talking about that is a huge plus for me.

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BOTH ourselves and Sheffield Wednesday will be full of confidence going into tomorrow’s clash at Hillsborough.
We have made just the start we wanted with two wins and two clean sheets, and so have Wednesday.

It was nice to kick off at home in front of almost a full house at the iPro Stadium and we knew it would be a tough game against Rotherham, my old club and I am delighted to see them back in the Championship.

I thought Rotherham gave us a really good game and they were good value for a draw, but we had that extra quality over the 90 minutes to take the three points.

Winning in the Capital One Cup two days’ later was also important because momentum was key last season, and I am sure it will be the key this season.

If we can play with the same style, energy and enthusiasm, which I am sure the lads will do, we will be a force again.

I think the Championship is the strongest it has been for a long time.

The teams that have come up are good strong sides and the teams that have come down will be competing up near the top.

And we say it every year, there is always a surprise or two.

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