Winger On His Long-Awaited Return
Henry Cameron was “buzzing” to be back out on the pitch after he ended a nine-month injury layoff last weekend.
The winger, who suffered ligament damage in his knee last November, made his long-awaited return for the final 23 minutes of Pool’s friendly with Bury.
Having trained with the squad since day one of pre-season, Cameron described his relief at being back involved.
“It was a brilliant feeling to be back out there on the pitch,” he explained. “I was on the way to doing a bit with Phil (Horner) but we had a few illnesses and Richie (Kyle) gave me the call so I got a few minutes on the pitch which was nice.
“I got a tough tackle early on but it helped me during the game because it made me realise I’m strong and doing alright. Mentally now I know I can take tough challenges.”
The 19-year-old was playing regularly for The Seasiders prior to his injury, which attracted the interests of the New Zealand national team.
Injured on international duty with the All Whites in November, Cameron was targeting a September return so is working ahead of schedule this summer.
“I’m a bit ahead of schedule because I’ve worked hard to get back, I’ve slowed myself down at times and not rushed things.
“If I was going to get that kind of injury, it was at the ideal time because it meant I wouldn’t miss too much of the next season.
“I’m looking to make up for lost time. If I’d have played the whole season I would have progressed, so hopefully I can show what I can do this season,” he added.