‘FORGOTTEN man’ Tom McCready is champing at the bit to prove his worth after a frustrating start to his Chester FC career.
While his team-mates bask in the glory of a storming start to the season, the former Everton youth team starlet has been forced to watch on from the stands after he sustained a nasty knee injury on his debut for Neil Young’s men.
The 19-year-old suffered medial ligament damage after throwing himself into a 50-50 challenge just minutes into his Blues bow against Harrogate Railway Athletic in early October.
But now, with his knee brace off and his crutches finally thrown to one side, the talented midfielder is getting closer to kicking a ball in anger once more – and he is determined to show the Chester faithful why manager Young signed him in the first place.
“I think the Chester fans have probably forgotten who I am!” said McCready, who had spells with Scottish Premier League side Hibernian and Blue Square Premier outfit Altrincham after his six-year stay at Everton came to an end last year.
“I couldn’t believe it, coming to a new club like Chester, wanting to play in front of all our supporters then getting injured straight away.
“I think I won the tackle but my studs got caught in the ground and my knee twisted.
“I tried to play on, but the physio has told me that by doing so I am lucky that my knee didn’t blow up.
“I was ruled out for eight weeks, but I’m back in the gym now, jogging, cycling and doing weights to strengthen my knee and I could probably side foot a ball now.
“But I don’t like to set a date for exactly when I’ll be back.
“But hopefully once I’m ready I’ll get back to training properly and get a few games in.”
McCready, whose big brother Chris plays for League Two side Morecambe, knows he will have a real fight on his hands to break into a Chester side that tops the Evo-Stik League First Division North standings.
He said: “The team’s doing really well, which is great for the club as we all want to get out of this league as soon as possible.
“Once I get a chance, maybe sometime around Christmas, I will need to prove I’m worth a place in the team all over again.”
Blues boss Young said: “Tom’s got a lot of ground to make up in terms of the position he plays and the players we’ve got available in there. But we will give him every opportunity.”