Defender delighted to make winning return
At 14 ½ weeks, Peter Clarke’s rehabilitation from his knee injury picked up in November has proven his longest ever spell out of his career.
Having made his return in the second half at Birmingham on Saturday, Town’s Captain was delighted to be involved again.
He said: “It has been a while coming; it’s been a frustrating spell, but it was nice to make my comeback in a win.
“To be back out there was great and I felt good,” he continued. “That is in no small part down to the work I have done with the Club’s Medical Team James (Haycock) and Ian (Kirkpatrick). I also did a lot of work with Darren Robinson; we spent a few bike rides together.
“I threw myself into my rehab to make sure my knee was in a good shape and the muscles around it strong. Since then I have built up my fitness to a point when I would be able to play, which happened on Saturday.”
Peter has been back around the first team for the past few weeks and has had to wait patiently for his chance: “Being on the bench and seeing results not quite go was difficult; I was itching for the lads to do well and get results.”
Youngsters Tommy Smith and Murray Wallace deputised in place of Clarke and the defender wasn’t surprised by how well they took to the challenge.
“I watch them in training every day and it was clear to see that they have good ability. They have waited patiently for their chance and took it well when it arrived.”