Paddy Boyle is hoping to make up for lost time with Peterhead after an early-season battle with injury.
The left-back has yet to feature in a competitive game for the Blue Toon after signing in the summer.
In a pre-season game against Fraserburgh the former Ayr United player hurt his sciatic nerve after an awkward fall.
That left the 31-year-old on the sidelines with an injury that meant he couldn’t run.
Now, though, Boyle is back in training and could feature in Saturday’s game against Berwick Rangers at Balmoor.
Being injured has been frustrating for Boyle and now he is back to fitness he is hoping to make up for lost time and show the Buchan club’s fans what he can do.
He said: “It’s been very frustrating being out, more so because I had just come to the club and not being able to be involved straightaway makes it difficult.
“I knew as soon as I did it that I had a problem because 10 years ago I did something very similar.
“That took a while to settle down and this was the same.
“I pulled a bit of the hamstring off the bone and that’s all around your sciatic nerve and that’s pretty painful.
“You try to run and the nerve is so inflamed and sore that you just can’t do it.
“It’s frustrating coming up to Peterhead and having to watch every week. The boys have been winning but you want to be involved.
“It’s doubly frustrating, in a sense, because you’re well looked after at the club and there are people trying to help you and asking you how you are and you want to tell them you’re fit.
“But it takes time and thankfully now I’ve got better in the last couple of weeks.
“So hopefully I’ll get my opportunity soon and I can show what I’m about.”
Boyle has seen fellow defender Mick Dunlop return from injury in the last couple of weeks and hopes he can follow in his footsteps back into the Peterhead team, although he knows he may have to wait for an opportunity to return when others have been performing well in his absence.
Boyle added: “Mick Dunlop has managed to get back and he came off the bench and then started on Saturday.
“There’s no saying that’s the path I’ll take but hopefully if we’re winning the game on Saturday then the manager will be able to put me on.
“He might think there are other, better subs to make but I want to get on the park and play as soon as possible.
“The team has been winning and it’s easier to get into a losing team but I want to get into a winning team because it’s better to play in a team like that.
“I might have to wait for my chance but when I get it I hope to take it.”
Peterhead are second in League Two with 13 points from six games ahead of Saturday’s clash with Berwick. Boyle is happy with their start and believes they can kick on due to the increased competition in the Blue Toon squad.
The return of Dunlop and Boyle, as well as the signing of Ryan Dow, means there are plenty of people vying for a starting spot in Jim McInally’s team. Boyle believes having competition within the Balmoor squad will help the team push on in the coming weeks.
He said: “We’ve done well in the league, it has been a bit of a mish-mash at times because of injuries.
“But we have got results and performances have improved as the weeks have gone on and now we’ve gone from having two or three options on the bench to Saturday against Cowdenbeath where we had six or seven.
“With everyone fit there is going to be competition and hopefully that can take us to the next level in terms of performance.”