MIDFIELDER Harry Winter is ready to complete his rehabilitation following an eight month injury hell as Town gear up for their first Blue Square North clash of the season at home to Corby Town on Saturday, (3.0).
Winter produced an eye-catching 45 minute display in last weekend’s penalty shootout victory at Ashton United to the delight of boss Neil Aspin, who admitted it had given him something else to mull over before he selects his final squad for the league opener.
However, while Winter is uncertain whether he will make that squad, he never had any doubts that he would return despite undergoing surgery for a troublesome knee injury that kept him out of the game for almost a year.
“I have worked really hard all through the summer to get to this stage,” said Winter.
“I need to thank Dave the physio because he has been a massive help.
“I always knew I would be challenging for the first team because I have faith in myself. I am not sure whether others had the same faith, but I was determined to force my way back.”
Winter knows he still has plenty to prove having not had a full 90 minutes during pre-season but is keen to make sure he is ready when the time comes.
“I am not too sure about whether I will be involved against Corby - Saturday’s game might be just a little bit too soon for me,” he said.
“I was blowing a bit after 45 minutes at Ashton. I haven’t played for eight months and haven’t had 90 minutes in pre-season.
“My main focus will be to keep building up my fitness. I really enjoyed the Ashton game but I know I can be a lot sharper with my running and decision-making.
“The competition for places is going to be really tough again. There are some fantastic players at the club and they have the ability to go on do great things I reckon. I have to make sure I stay fit and play well for Halifax and hopefully get as many games as I can.
“I always challenge myself before a season and getting into the team is the first one. And then to stay there.”
Winter has seen the inevitable new faces arrive as Aspin assembled a squad capable of competing at the higher level.
But with so much experience on board, Winter is confident that Town will acquit themselves well in their new surroundings
“I played in the Blue Square North with Northwich so I know what to expect,” added Winter. “A lot of our players have also played at a higher level so I am confident we will be okay
“The key will be to stay clear of injuries and to pull together as a team.”