Forward Nears Full Fitness
Gary Taylor-Fletcher says he’s delighted to be back in the Blackpool fold, after recently making a return following five games out with a hamstring injury.
The versatile attacker made his comeback as a substitute in the 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers nine days ago, and followed that up with another appearance from the bench in Friday’s defeat to Wolves.
"Just to get some minutes back on the pitch was great. I’d had a good week and a half of training before it so I was just glad to get back out there,” said Taylor-Fletcher.
"It’ll take me a few games to get fully match sharp, so it’s good that there are a lot of games coming up. I think the only downside is the weather at the minute, where we’ve not always able to get out on a pitch training. It’s hard, but we’re all doing the best we can. For me personally I’m just glad to be back training with the rest of the lads.
"I’d heard all the lads talking about training and how good it’s been, so I couldn’t wait to get back. It turns out what they’d been saying was exactly right.”
The Seasiders next fixture sees them travel to the John Smith’s Stadium on Boxing Day to take on Huddersfield Town. For Taylor-Fletcher that promises a return to a familiar surroundings, after he made just shy of 100 appearances for the Terriers before joining Blackpool in 2007.
“It’ll be the first time I’ve gone back there as a player, so I’m looking forward to it. I’ve played against them a couple of times at home since I came here, but it’ll be nice to go back and hopefully I’ll get a good reception.
"They’ve assembled a good team there and they’ve done really well this season. They’ve obviously got Keith Southern and everyone here knows what Keith is about, he’s a very good player.
"Then you’ve got the likes of Jermaine Beckford and James Vaughan up front, who will be a handful for anyone in this league and probably even the league above. It’ll be a good game.”