AFTER a year-long injury lay-off, Bayswater City Soccer Club midfielder Jack Allen is ready to make a “huge impact” on the pitch in 2017.
The 23-year-old last played on March 26 in 2016 when he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
He only managed to play one night series and two National Premier Leagues WA matches in a disappointing year for City.
Allen, who moved from Floreat Anthea in 2016, played his first match in 12 months on April 1 |before booting a goal in his second match back against ECU Joondalup.
Allen said his time away from the game was “full-on”.
“The rehab has been pretty intense, I have been trying to follow all the programs closely,” he said.
“I started (training) around November where I actually started soccer drills and strength exercises again and joining the team.”
Allen said the club supported him throughout his recovery.
“Obviously, being out for such a long time, it was a great feeling coming back and playing with all my teammates and friends. I felt like I was back to where I belong,” he said.
“I am taking each game as it comes. I am just starting out with a small amount of minutes and then slowly increase to where I can hopefully start a match and play a whole match.”
Allen said he wanted to help City rise back up the ladder.
“We wanted to start the season off really strongly, which we have done by winning the night |series,” he said.
“We just want to go out there, play some good football and try to get as many trophies as we can and just really enjoy it.
“I want to try to secure a spot in the team and gel with all my teammates again.”