Jay Rollins is back from injury. Photo: Eric Brown
Following eight months on the sidelines the Boston United winger has made appearances off the bench in the Pilgrims’s past two matches.
And despite manager Craig Elliott wanting to ease him back in gently, Rollins believes game time is key.
“I want to concentrate on getting fit and playing well,” he told The Standard. “I’m trying to do my own thing, but the only way I can really get fit is minutes on the pitch.
“I’m happy for him to throw me on.”
Rollins would love to make his first start since March as Boston host 13th-placed York City on Saturday (KO 3pm), but realises he may have to bide his time.
“The main thing is being back on the pitch, being back out there with the lads,” he said.
“It’s been frustrating, on-off.
“It’s been a lot to deal with but hopefully it’s over now and I can just kick on.
“Mentally, it is bad when you’re sat on the sideline watching every week, but you’ve got to keep plugging away.”
Rollins missed the final nine matches of last campaign due to a groin injury, made worse as he continued to play through the pain barrier in a bid to help the Pilgrims fight off the threat of relegation.
He had planned to return to action in pre-season but suffered further problems with his aductor muscle.
“I thought I was going to be ready pre-season. I felt good,” Rollins added. “But it came back; obviously I’d not rested enough.
“It didn’t help that I played on it. But the situation we were in last year with the relegation, I felt I needed to.
“I said I’d rest once we were safe, and I did.
“You do it for the team. I thought they did well last season, now we’ll go again.”
Rollins also thanked manager Elliott and the Pilgrims fans for their positive messages during his injury spell.
He said: “It definitely helps when people believe in you. They back you and I get on with the gaffer well; he helps me through a lot.
“I want to get back fit and playing and – as a team – we want to be up there.”