Bobby Grant was delighted to come out unscathed from his first 45 minutes since March on Saturday.
The 24-year-old played the first half of Pool’s 4-0 win at Penrith and found the back of the net in a comfortable victory.
It was The Seasiders’ first run out of pre-season and Grant felt it proved a useful exercise in gaining match fitness.
“I played my first 45 minutes and I didn’t feel anything wrong with my knee, which was the most satisfying thing for myself personally, it was really pleasing to get a run out,” said Grant.
“It was all about getting through the game, getting a nice feel for the ball, getting fitness out of it and the result takes care of itself.
“The manager told us how he wanted us to play and we can do it on the training pitch but we need to bring it into games.”
Grant injured his knee while on loan at Fleetwood in March, so when a tough challenge came in at Frenchfield Park this afternoon he was keen to avoid a repeat.
“When the challenge came in I half panicked that the lad was going to land on my knee, which is why I tried to straighten it as quickly as I could. The referee said there was nothing in it and I explained what I’d been through.
“Obviously it plays on your mind when you come back after an injury and then it happens again, but I’ve had a good summer under my belt, I’ve been in working hard and been training well.”
Employed behind the strikers, Grant flourished in his favoured position and will hope to retain his place for the start of the Championship campaign.
“I’ve said to the manager that in the hole or on the right is where I prefer to play. That’s where I’ve played for most of my career, I’m not a left winger. But at the end of the day if it’s where the manager wants me to play I’ll give it 100 per cent.”