Impatient Steelman Malone can’t wait for a return to action

Paul Malone is hoping to return to action after an eight-month lay-off
Paul Malone is hoping to return to action after an eight-month lay-off

Paul Malone has admitted he is running out of patience as he targets a return to action for Corby Town.

The central defender has been involved in training with the Steelmen squad for a number of weeks as he steps up his recovering from the horrific double leg break he suffered during a 5-1 win over Weymouth back in February.

Malone has been a frustrated figure in the stands so far this season while, on the pitch, Corby have struggled in the Vanarama National League North. They suffered a seventh successive league defeat when going down 1-0 at Gloucester City last weekend.

Malone had been due to return to action in a friendly against Northampton Town’s under-18 team last night (Monday). But that fixture was postponed due to heavy fog.

But he is hoping another opportunity to finally get back on the pitch isn’t far away.

“My patience is wearing thin because I feel like I am there or thereabouts,” the popular centre-half said.

“It is a case of trying to get some minutes under my belt. The manager (Tommy Wright) is being protective of me and he doesn’t want me to go out on loan or anything like that until he has seen me play again.

“He set up the friendly on Monday, mainly for me and I appreciate that so much and I think he is hoping to do something similar for next week now.

“It’s a strange feeling because I have been training with the boys for the past seven weeks.

“So I do feel part of it but, at the same time, it’s different when you are not involved in the matches.”

Malone admits he expects to be sent out on loan “for a few games” once he has made an initial return to action under the watchful eye of boss Wright.

But should the call come to get back into the first-team frame then Malone insists he will be ready.

“I think it will come down to a mutual agreement between me and the manager,” he added.

“He has got my best interests at heart. He is a manager I respect and we have spoken all the way through everything that has happened.

“If he feels like I can come in and help then I am sure that’s what will happen.

“But I expect to go out on loan for a few games just to get some time on the pitch.”

Read more from Paul Malone in Thursday’s Corby Telegraph