Jay Rollins knows the hard work starts now as he bids to become a Pilgrims regular once again.
The winger (pictured) made a return to action during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Solihull Moors, after a 10-game absence due to ankle ligament issues. “When you’re sat on the bench it’s a long time, but it’s good to get some minutes in,” Rollins reflected.
“Hopefully, I can get some more minutes under my belt, kick on and get myself into the starting line-up again.
“I’m just catching up and trying to get myself as fit as I can now.
“Hopefully we can kick on in the league and get a few wins under our belt.”
Rollins’ injury came at the wrong time for the youngster as he was holding down a regular place in the starting line-up and had two goals to his name following his summer switch from Armthorpe Welfare.
But all that changed following an injury in the FA Cup defeat to Gainsborough Trinity.
“I was doing all right. I was in the starting line up and doing well. It came at the wrong time,” he added.
“But the lads have been doing great so I don’t expect to get into the line-up straight away, I have to wait my chance.”
Rollins admits that an eagerness to retain his place cost him more game time than he had expected, but support from his teammates and boss Dennis Greene has kept him going.
“I tried coming back too early, I went into training and it went again. That slowed me down a bit,” he added.
“But the manager’s stuck by me and given me another chance.
“All you want to do is play. You go to training and watch them all train while you’re stuck in the gym, it’s not good at all.
“But the lads have all told me to be patient and it’ll come.
“Now our focus is just to do well in the league.”