MIDFIEDER Lee Bullock is not just knocking on the door of a first team place – he is trying to boot it off the hinges.
The former Cardiff City attacker is currently on the fringes of the first XI after a five-week absence through injury.
And after a couple of recent barn-storming performances for Pools’ second string he is hoping to give manager Martin Scott a selection headache sooner rather than later.
“Every footballer wants to play for the first team,” Bullock said. “When you are out of the side you have to do everything you can to get back in the team.
“That means giving it everything you have got in training and in reserve matches.
“It sometimes happens when you get injured. You lose you place and there are a lot of other guys who are determined to keep the shirt once they get in.
“The lads who are playing there at the minute have done well and I need to keep working hard and wait for my chance.
“I have been on the bench the last few weeks and I will keep pushing.”
Bullock picked up a thigh strain before Christmas and then a hand injury just when he was on the verge of a return.
He still may require surgery on a bone in his hand but he is fully fit and raring to go and he scored a screamer for reserves against Hull on Wednesday.
The match saw the return of Adam Boyd and the striker held the ball up for Bullock before the midfielder cracked it into the top corner from 20 yards.
“It has been a bit frustrating, my thigh has been fine since the New Year but my hand may need an operation,” he said.
“But the hand injury is not something that will stop me from playing.
“It was nice to get that goal, I just hit it really. I think that one was born of frustration.”
Bullock may not be in the starting XI at the minute but he insists he is enjoying life at Pools, despite the way the season has panned out thus far.
But he reckons the immanent return to action of Adam Boyd could be a big factor.
“I am enjoying it,” he said. “Things haven’t worked out they way we had hoped this season but there is still a lot of games to go.
“It was good to see Boydy back on the pitch,” he said. “He is such a good player.
“He scores a lot of goals but there is a lot more to his game. He holds the ball up and brings in other players.
“His link-up play creates loads of space for others to get in behind and he attracts a lot of defenders.
“I thought the lads who played up front at Swansea (Jon Daly and Jon-Paul Pittman) did very well, JP looked a threat.
“But to have someone like Boydy back will be a massive boost.”
Bullock hopes to be involved tomorrow and he feels it will be a tough battle.
“They will be quite confident after a good win against Doncaster,” he said. “But we had a good point at Swansea last week as well.
“The lads showed their spirit and we will need that for the rest of the season.”
FIRST TEAM FRINGES: Pools midfielder Lee Bullock.
Picture by FRANK REID
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