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Harris happy to be back playing

14 January 2013

Striker keen to get minutes out on the pitch

Neil Harris was delighted to be back in action on Saturday as he made a late cameo appearance against Exeter, but admits he’d have swapped it for a share of the spoils.

Neil is on the road to recovery following injury and is desperate for minutes on the pitch, whether with the first-team or in reserve action, to help get back to full fitness as soon as possible.

Speaking exclusively to Blues Player, Neil said: “You do begin to wonder when you’re going to be back fit. You’re coming in every day and having to have treatment.

“When the lads are winning you want to be out there with them enjoying it and when they are losing you want to be out there picking them up.

“The likes of Chris Barker and I have the experience which I hope we can pass onto the team, especially during a run like we’re on at the moment.

“It was great to get back out on the pitch, but there’s no doubt I would have swapped it for a win, or even a point on Saturday.

“Just being involved in the whole build up to the game is something I’ve missed massively and it’s great to be back among the team.

“I know it’s going to be very difficult to get back in the side, the likes of Gavin, Britt and Barry have done extremely well while there is also Freddy and Elliot who have had roles to play.”

Neil is just keen to build up his fitness, whether that’s by playing first-team games, or in reserve matches behind closed doors and in the Essex Senior Cup.

“It was disappointing to have the game against Waltham Abbey called off last week because it would have been an opportunity to get some minutes under my belt,” he added.

“Obviously with the forward lads doing so well at the moment I’m not expecting to get back in the side straight away, so it’s important I just get any minutes I can.

“The re-arranged game in the Essex Senior Cup will give me an opportunity to do that as well as any reserve matches.

“You can only regain full fitness by playing in matches. Training helps but it’s not the same as a game situation so I’m just hoping to get some time on the pitch, it doesn’t matter how it comes.”

An exclusive interview with Neil is available on Blues Player.

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