IT may have been a troubled pre-season for Fleetwood Town but the Highbury faithful had cause to cheer last Saturday.
Among the many substitutions in Town’s final home friendly against Oldham, the return of ever-popular midfielder Jamie Milligan was greeted with rapturous approval.
Milligan’s 2010-11 campaign was cut short by a knee operation, which delayed the start of his pre-season.
It’s the second summer running that the 31-year-old has undergone major surgery but but the signs are good.
The former Seasiders star made a quiet return to action, playing half a game for the reserves at Northwich while his senior colleagues were facing Latvian side Jelgava last week.
He followed that up with a full reserves’ match at Thornton Cleveleys and has reported no ill effects.
Milligan said: “I really needed the time on the pitch and just want more to get myself fully match prepared.
“I’ve just got to look after myself and pick my times to train hard and when to rest. The manager’s been really helpful.
“Generally, I’m delighted with the way I’ve come back, and the training regime I’ve been through has made me as fit as I’ve ever been. I’m really pleased to be back with the lads as well. It’s good to feel involved again.”
The former club captain has been at Town since 2005, barring a few months with AFC Fylde at the start of last season.
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