Tommy Wright believes Paul Malone should “lap it up” after the central defender made a successful return to competitive football for Corby Town on Saturday.
Malone made his first league appearance for the Steelmen since suffering a horrific double leg break in February and played a key role in a fine defensive display as they held Vanarama National League North leaders Nuneaton Town to a 0-0 draw.
Malone was part of a back five as Wright changed the formation in a bid to firm things up defensively and he was named as man-of-the match by the home media.
And Wright was delighted to see his decision to bring Malone back into the fold pay off.
He said: “Molly will be very happy and so he should. He should lap this up.
“I can’t even start to imagine what it has been like for him over the past few months.
“He is whole-hearted and he is a big Corby Town fan and I am sure it has been hard for him to watch the games where we have struggled recently.
“We shouldn’t forget that he had to watch the boys lift the trophy last season.
“He was part of it but, and I know this as a player myself, you never really feel fully part of it unless you are playing.
“He has had a lot of stuff to deal with but I watched him playing for Stamford and I knew I had seen enough. I wanted him back and I want people like him around.
“I am delighted for him, it is a big boost for everyone and I think him being in there made it more enjoyable for Duane (Courtney) and Clayton (McDonald) because it’s been hard for them recently.
“It was good to see smiles on faces again after the game.”
The Steelmen are now preparing for their final match before Christmas when they host eighth-placed Stockport County next weekend.