Julian Bennett on being back running on grass after months on the treatment table
Julian Bennett says he’s had a new lease of life as he tries to recover from ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in time to play some part in Southend United’s promotion push.
Bennett has been back out running on the grass in the last few weeks, and says that has given him a really big boost in terms of his belief he can play some part this season.
He is now looking ahead, and hoping he can play a role in Blues’ season, having been out injured since the second game of the season against Yeovil Town.
“When you are in the gym every day and spending time on the treatment table it does get to you, but it also makes you stronger as a person,” he said.
“But once you get back out running you immediately feel more involved because you’re out on the grass while the rest of the lads are training.
“Obviously you’re not involved in that yet, but you know you’re getting close to the goal of being fit and available for selection again, which gives you hope.
“The lease of life you get pushes you on. I’ve been working as hard as possible but I know there’s still some way to go so it’s just about doing everything possible at this stage.
“It would be great to play some part in the season, whether that is the last few games or the play-offs if that’s where we end up, but it’s all about how things go over the next few weeks.”
Bennett has been confident Blues can achieve promotion, ever since he first joined up with the team on their pre-season tour of Madrid.
And he has seen nothing to change his mind on that front, as we head into the final few months of the season.
“From the very first time when I came to Spain, there was something about the atmosphere. There was some real quality in the camp,” he added.
“We were training and playing at a very high standard and there was a real team spirit and belief among the squad that something could happen this season if we worked hard.
“The lads have done just that all season. I knew straight away that promotion was a real possibility, because I’ve seen that sort of atmosphere before in my career.
“A promotion squad has a special bond and belief, I’ve seen it in the past, and it was definitely the case from the minute I joined up with the squad in Madrid.”
A full interview with Julian on his recovery will be in Saturday's matchday programme against Exeter City.