MIDFIELDER Liam Spink is hungrier than ever to return to action for Bromsgrove Sporting as he continues his recovery from a broken leg.
The 24-year-old was forced to miss the majority of last season after picking up the horrific injury in a Birmingham Senior Cup tie against Nuneaton Town back in November last year.
Fast forward seven months and the former Redditch United and Rushall Olympic maestro was officially discharged from hospital yesterday (Tuesday) and will be undertaking physio once a week at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to get himself back to full fitness.
Spink has already agreed terms to remain at last season’s Midland League Premier Division champions and is eager to repay the faith shown in him by not only the fans, but also manager Brendan Kelly.
“The support I have had has been brilliant,” Spink told the Standard.
“I appreciated all the offers I had to help with my rehab but I am only just getting into the swing of things so once a week is enough at the moment.
“Bren has already told me I am going to be one of the key players for next season which I really appreciate and I cannot wait to repay the trust he has shown in me.
“There will be a few nerves stepping back out onto a football pitch after picking up such a terrible injury but I will not let that change my game or mindset.
“I am aiming to come back stronger than ever before.”
Even though Spink watched Sporting secure the league crown and reach the last 16 of the FA Vase from the sidelines, he revealed he was not too disheartened by not taking part in those successes.
“I got myself down to games in the league and some of the away days in the Vase were fabulous,” he said.
“I was really happy for the lads when they won the league as they thoroughly deserved it.
“It’s just a shame we could not go further in the Vase but we have got the FA Trophy to look forward too now.”
Alongside the FA Trophy, Sporting have Step Four football to look forward to as they prepare for the upcoming Southern League East campaign.
And having won back-to-back titles in the past two years, Spink is confident Sporting can go for another.
“There’s no reason why we cannot be pushing for the title again,” he added.
“Everyone will be up for the challenge so we shall see where we end up.”