Walsall forward Aramide Oteh was pleased to be back playing football after making his first appearance in four months for the Saddlers against Newport County on Saturday.
Oteh came off the bench at half time and made a good impression after returning from injury, although his introduction unfortunately did not inspire a comeback for the home side.
“I was over the moon to be back out there. I love playing football, so these last four months have been tough, but it just shows the hard work I have put in during that time has paid off,” he said.
“I was rewarded with 45 minutes today, so I am pleased on a personal note to get back out there and try and help the boys.”
Although Oteh is relieved to be back on the pitch, he doesn’t just want to stop there, instead he wants to carry on working so he can build up to full fitness again.
“There is plenty more to do. I didn’t expect to play that much today so I think that in itself is another box ticked off,” he explained.
“Just because I’m back fit now doesn’t mean I stop doing the little things in and around the training ground that have got me to this position. I’ve got to continue so the injury doesn’t occur again.”
After Saturday’s disappointing result, Oteh is glad that the team have a chance on Tuesday evening against his former club Crawley Town, to get back to winning ways ahead of a busy period.
“There are a lot of games this month so as long as we can start picking up points in that time frame, the confidence will rise and that feel good factor will be in and around the place, in the atmosphere, and that goes a long way,” he discussed.
“I am looking forward to Crawley, I still speak to a few of the people there so it will be a nice one and hopefully we come away with the three points.”