JAMES Brown has backed himself to make a big impact for Hartlepool United this season, insisting – “I’ve still got it”.
The 24-year-old has been quietly going about his business in the shadows at Maiden Castle, coming through the past six weeks of full training without any interruption.
In that time he’s played five 90-minute matches for Micky Barron’s reserve-team, a run of games Brown admits has been unheard of in recent seasons.
And the striker, whose pre-season was cut short by an ill-timed thigh strain, believes he can be like a new signing for Mick Wadsworth’s men now he’s free of injury.
“I’ve 100 per cent got the confidence in my own ability, I know I’ve still got it,” said Brown defiantly.
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“I can’t even remember the last time I played five 90 minutes on the bounce and that’s been great for me.
“I’m training every day and have done for six weeks now, that’s been unheard of in the past couple of years.
“I’m getting over all these little knocks and I’m not missing days here and there for daft little pulls and strains.
“The frustrating thing was I came back in pretty good shape in July.
“I’d done a lot of work before we came back and the gaffer said I was looking good.
“When we did the bleep test I got the best score I’ve ever got.
“But then I got a quad strain and then my ankle flared up and my pre-season only started six weeks ago.
“But now I must say I’m feeling great and I’m desperate to come back in and be like a new player really because you do feel a little bit forgotten about when you’ve had as many problems as I’ve had.”
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