SCOTT Fenwick has revealed he feared an ankle injury was going to end his season prematurely.
The 24-year-old says his seven week spell out of the side “killed him” but he is now back itching for a start and looking to hit the goal trail again.
And Fenwick admits he is looking forward to seeing his name scrolling on the Soccer Saturday screen – rather than be sat at home watching Jeff Stelling.
The former Dunston striker got 10 minutes against York City and a full half against Accrington Stanley, helping to inspire a comeback as Pools earned a draw.
Pools’ joint leading scorer in the league is now desperate to be named in the starting line-up at Luton Town on Saturday.
“It has killed me being out the side injured, so it is great to finally be back amongst it,” said Fenwick, who has five league goals to his name.
“When I was out I was having some banter with the lads because we had two penalties and three own goals – nobody was scoring!
“Football can be so frustrating at times, especially when your sat at home watching the scores.
“But I am itching for a start now.
“I put my moonboot on between games so I’m just praying it doesn’t flare up and then hopefully I will be in with a shout.”
For now though, he is just relieved to be back in contention after fears, alongside head physio Ian Gallagher, that his injury was worse than first thought.
Fenwick added: “To get on at York was a great buzz because there was a stage when me and Buster thought it was my season over.
“Thankfully all the rest and the moonboot worked and I am ready to challenge for a starting spot.
“The recent reserve game helped me a lot and I was quite surprised how fit I was with the heart rate monitors and readings.
“I try to look after myself and the 45 minutes against Accrington can only help me too.
“I was scared what with all the weights I was doing that I would be bulking up but I literally ate nothing, just shakes and smoothies.”
Fenwick was a frustrated spectator before he was introduced from the subs bench on Tuesday night - admitting he was “raging” with the first half display.
One thing Fenwick doesn’t lack is confidence and he revealed that he’d also had words with boss Ronnie Moore after the York defeat after being restricted to just 10 minutes as a sub.
But with another 45 under his belt, Fenwick is now looking to play his part in helping keep Pools up.
The club remain third bottom after the latest round of matches and with just three games to go, it couldn’t be tighter at the foot of Sky Bet League Two.
Just two points separate basement side Tranmere Rovers and Pools.
Fenwick added: “Everybody would have taken it going down to the wire a month ago, so it is nice to pick a point up [against Accrington] and still be out of the bottom two.
“But it doesn’t really matter what the other sides do if we continue to pick up points, then it will be tough luck for them.
“Hopefully we can nick something at Luton.”