Most footballers dread the thought of the start of pre-season training, but Bridlington Town’s Ash Allanson is raring to go.
The midfielder was out of action for six months of the 2015/16 campaign and can’t wait to be kicking a ball again after recovering from a serious knee injury.
His last appearance came in a 2-0 defeat at Barton Town Old Boys at the end of October and he underwent surgery as the season finished in late April.
“It’s been a frustrating time for me personally, so I have been looking forward to pre-season training since my knee operation at the end of April,” said the 29-year-old.
He is preparing for the start of his ninth season at Queensgate, and believes the standard of the squad his dad Gary is assembling could be as strong as any during his time with the Seasiders.
After last week’s first training session, Allanson said: “It was great to be back training fully and the first session back was excellent.
“Nearly all of the squad from last year attended, and we had a few new faces that could be very good signings if they commit to us.”
Having had to watch his team-mates from the dugout last season, as they finished fifth in the NCEL Premier Division and lifted the East Riding Senior Cup, Allanson is hoping for better luck.
He is aware of the competition for places in the middle of the park though, with Tom Fleming, Tim Taylor, Alex Knaggs and Conner Harman all vying for places in midfield
“Personally, I am hoping for an injury-free season and if I can get to the levels of performance I was at before I got injured, I am hoping for a good season,” he said.
“With the squad doing so well last year, it has given me my appetite to perform well and hopefully get back in the team and play regularly.
“I know it will be difficult given as the players, especially the younger players did so well last season. So from that perspective, this season is probably the most excited I’ve been since I first joined Brid eight years ago.
“I was still involved in the dressing room and in the dugout last season, so I know that we have a young, hungry squad that work hard for each other and want to be successful at the club.
“I believe we will have a very good, and potentially successful, season again if our performance levels are the above standards set last year, which I know we are capable of.”
Town’s first friendly is at Hall Road Rangers on Tuesday, July 12.