Jay Rollins made his long-awaited return to the Boston United first team on Saturday - and now he’s preparing to head back to the place where he made his last start.
The winger made a late cameo off the bench in the 5-0 FA Trophy win at Ashton United, following more than nine months on the sidelines.
And now he will be hoping to get more minutes as the Pilgrims prepare to face promotion-chasing Chorley on Saturday (KO 3pm).
It was at Victory Park in March last season where Rollins, playing through the pain barrier with a hamstring strain, made his last start.
Complications followed, leaving the winger battling for fitness.
“It’s fallen nicely to get him on and, like I said to him, it’s not a matter of getting out there and trying to impress,” said manager Craig Elliott following Rollins’ return.
“It was about getting that feeling back in his legs and he’s got that now.”
Elliott admitted he was excited about the prospect of Rollins’ return.
“Another quality player who, hopefully, isn’t too far away (from full fitness),” he added. “I’m a massive fan of Jay Rollins. He’s as good as you get in this league.
“He knows the club, he loves the club. He knows the league.
“He ticks all the boxes, he’s strong, reliable winger and, slowly, we’ve got to get him fitter.
“It’s great to have him back.”
Early pacesetters the Magpies currently sit second in the National League North, a point behind Bradford Park Avenue but with two games in hand.
But ninth-placed Boston trail them by just eight points and will be looking to get their promotion quest back on track, in a December where the Pilgrims also face York City, Spennymoor, Alfreton, Bradford and travel to Wrexham in the FA Trophy.
“It’s a difficult month on paper, we play a lot of the so-called big boys,” Elliott added. “But it’s what it’s all about and I’m looking forward to it.”
United will travel without David Norris, who has left the club due to a change in ‘personal circumstances’ .
Loanees David Parkhouse and James Jones have returned to Sheffield United and Salford City respectively.
Saturday’s match kicks off at 3pm.