Harrogate Town midfielder Lloyd Kerry admitted that even he was surprised by the instant impact he made following his return to the side after a three-month injury lay-off, writes Rhys Howell.
The midfielder scored after less than two minutes of Saturday’s FA Trophy clash with Salford City, on his first appearance since fracturing his cheekbone and eye socket at Halifax Town in August.
“It was a great feeling just to be back out there playing and when I scored after two minutes I couldn’t believe it,” he said.
“Obviously I wanted to make an impact during the game, but I didn’t quite expect to score a goal so quickly. I was delighted.
“It was nice to get off to a good start and it helped me settle into the game.
“I had a good week of training with the team, but I wasnt expecting to go straight into the starting line-up. When I found out I was playing I was buzzing.”
Kerry, who will have to take to the field wearing a protective face mask in coming weeks, revealed that he had found it tough sitting on the sidelines while his injuries healed.
“The injury has been by far the worst I’ve had, it’s been a long 12 weeks,” he added.
“No one likes missing games and it’s been tough watching from the stand and not being able to help the team.
“However the support I’ve received from everyone at the club has been brilliant.”
Town boss Simon Weaver was quick to praise Kerry for his immediate contribution to the cause.
“What Llloyd has done is amazing really and I’m delighted for him,” Weaver said.
“He’s only been back in training 10 days, so to play 90 minutes and play as well as he did is incredible really and testament to his fitness levels and his dedication as a player.
“He’s an inspirational character for this group of lads and very influential in our team.
“If he’s on the pitch then I’m confident that we’ll start to see results improve sooner rather than later.”
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