Paul Malone can’t wait to step out on to the Steel Park pitch for a league match for the first time in nearly 10 months.
The central defender is set to start for Corby Town when they take on Stockport County in the Vanarama National League North on Saturday, having made a successful return to action in last weekend’s 0-0 draw at leaders Nuneaton Town.
Should Malone play, it will mark his first start in the league for the Steelmen at Steel Park since suffering a double leg break and a dislocated ankle during the 5-1 win over Weymouth on February 14.
Malone was brought back into the squad by boss Tommy Wright in a bid to stop Corby from leaking goals and the centre-half admits his main aim now is to help the Steelmen haul themselves out of the bottom three of the table.
“It was great to be back in the away game at Nuneaton but playing at Steel Park again will be even better,” he said.
“Stockport are a big club and they will have a lot of fans travelling down so hopefully that will inspire more Corby supporters to come out and give us their backing.
“The fans have really stuck by me over the past few months and it is nice to be appreciated.
“I had the couple of games at Stamford but I want to test myself and I want to play at the highest level possible.
“Most importantly, I want to help get the club back up the table where it belong and away from a relegation battle.”
Malone confirmed he will have a minor operation to remove the screws from his leg on Monday.
But, with Corby being without a game next weekend, he fully expects to be fit for the Boxing Day derby at Brackley Town.
“I need to have the operation because the screws still being in are restricting me when it comes to doing some things,” he added.
“The manager and I decided that it would be a good time to do it because I will have 12 days to recover before Boxing Day and that should be enough.
“Hopefully I can get another 90 minutes under my belt this weekend and then get the operation out of the way and be ready for the Christmas period.”