SEAN Clancy has made a high-speed return to training with Fleetwood Town and is hoping to be fast-tracked into the squad for Saturday’s trip to Ebbsfleet United.
It would be the perfect birthday boost for the winger, 24 tomorrow, after the start to his season was ruined by a series of injuries, including tendon damage and a hernia.
But even though he has only been back in full training since Monday, Clancy is raring to go again.
He told The Gazette: “The manager and his assistant have been talking constantly about integrating me, and if it isn’t at Ebbsfleet on Saturday I’d like to think I’ll be involved at home to Kidderminster on Tuesday.
It’s been a frustrating few weeks for the England C international, who completed most of Town’s gruelling pre-season before the injuries struck. “I’ve had a bad time of it,” he explained. “I did all that hard work in the summer only to have problems down my whole right side.”
Clancy was among half a dozen wide players on Town’s injured list, forcing manager Micky Mellon to make an unplanned return to the transfer market for reinforcements.
This has ultimately led to more competition for the likes of Clancy, with such new arrivals as Stefan Cox – who is expected to be fit for Saturday after being withdrawn last weekend – and Town’s instant hit Jamie Vardy, who has scored four in two games.
Clancy added: “Jamie has come in and given us what we needed, which was goals. The competition is tougher than ever now, but Fleetwood have always had good players while I’ve been here and I’m ready to fight for a place.
“It not surprising we were inconsistent at the start of the season because we had up to 12 players out. But now we are getting players back and we definitely consider ourselves title contenders.”