Adam Quinn has eased the pressure on injury-hit Gainsborough Trinity by declaring he will be ready for the new season.
The defender was one of several players to pick up knocks this summer, forcing the Blues to cancel their friendly at Worksop Town on Saturday.
With the likes of Marc Newsham, Danny Forrest, Steve Brogan and Michael Emery on the treatment table recently, Quinn’s recovery will be a boost to everyone at the Martin and Co Arena.
Speaking ahead of his second season with Trinity, he said: “I had a slight strain, it was more precautionary than anything, sitting out.
“But I’m back training now.
“My fitness needs to be better, but I’ve got a couple of weeks and I can fit a lot of training and a couple of games in hopefully.”
With this week’s planned friendly against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday also called off due to the injury crisis, Quinn and co will return to action on Saturday, at home to Sheffield United.
“This close to the season you’d think you’d be putting out a full strength side but with the injuries, Steve (Housham, manager) will have to give minutes to everyone.
“We all need the minutes though.
“It’s a bit strange that we’ve had so many injuries, but we are working very hard at getting fit.
“Maybe we’ve worked a bit too hard, but then they’re all different kinds of injuries.”
Injury woes aside, Quinn is pleased with the new look Gainsborough side is coming together.
“It’s an exciting time.” he said.
“We’ve made some good signings, proven players at this level, and they’re fitting in well.
“Making those signings was always going to help us progress.”
And he’s looking forward to another season in Housham’s squad.
The man who signed from Worksop Town last summer said: “I really enjoyed my football last season, we have a good set of lads, and I really like playing for the gaffer.
“It was an easy decision to stay for another season.”
Trinity face Sheffield United on Saturday at 3pm, before the visit of Hull City on Tuesday night.