Mark Cullen has expressed his delight at returning to first-team training recently, having spent the best part of six months on the sidelines.
The forward has endured a frustrating season ever since tearing his hamstring against Doncaster in August, with an operation then required further down the line when a potential comeback was thwarted.
However, the 25-year-old is now back amongst his team-mates and working hard to be involved for The Seasiders in the closing stages of the campaign.
“I’ve had a few set-backs along the way so just to get through a training session and have no reaction is such a good thing for me after being injured for the best part of six months. To be training back with the lads is great,” Cullen admitted.
“I’m still taking every day as it comes, but hopefully I’m back now and I can try and get back in good shape and in the squad for the end of the season.”
Cullen’s tireless work-rate and instinct in front of goal has been sorely missed at stages this season, especially when you consider that he contributed 13 goals in 2016/17 and nine the year before.
The former Luton Town man won’t be rushed back into the side though and will instead feature in a couple of fixtures behind-closed-doors.
“Mentally it’s been tough coming in and watching the lads going to training. I’m the kind of person who tries to keep his head up and get on with it. I just want to try and improve and be better than I was before.
“I think the gaffer wants me to play in some kind of reserve fixtures, just to get some minutes in to my legs really. Hopefully we can get one of those sorted in the next week or so,” he added.