Leon Carters is glad to be back.
The central defender missed much of last season with acute tendonitis and while the problem is not curable in the strictest sense he is happy that it will not hold him back in this season.
“It is a case of managing it. I have done a lot of work on the knee. It needed rest, an injection and rehab and I have done all that now. There are some things in training that I might have to step out of so it is a case of managing it but it feels great at the moment and I am really looking forward to the season.”
Carters was on the bench as his side drew with Coleraine in the opening game in the Premiership on Saturday and tonight the Blues travel to Dungannon Swifts and having Carters back in contention masks the squad much stronger.
“Getting myself back to full fitness has been the big thing and I am happy where I am now and just want to get back out playing again.”
Ballinamallard are in their third year in the Premeriship and following the highs of a top six finish in the first year it was a case of back to earth with a bump last season as they struggled to regain that form.
“I think for everyone at the club it was a difficult season last season. We talked about how it was important that we don’t fall into the second season syndrome but I think it is fair to say that at times we did struggle,” Carters admitted but was quick to add that he never really felt that the club was in danger of relegation.
“In those last six games I always thought we had more than enough quality to get the points that we needed to stay up and that is what happened now. We just have to kick on from there now and try and have a better season.”
In that regard Carters has been impressed with the new signings that Whitey Anderson has made.
“There is no doubt that quality players have been brought in and there is a great buzz about the club and training has been excellent so we are all looking forward to it.”
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