JORDAN ROSSITER says it is an unbelievable feeling to be playing football every day after missing most of his first season at Rangers through injury.
The 20-year-old was in a reflective mood when RangersTV caught up with him this week and admitted he kept reminding himself his injury woes were of very small significance in comparison to some people’s problems.
Rossiter started the Gers first three Premiership games of the 2016/17 season before breaking down in the third on the hour mark at Rugby Park and wasn’t seen again that season.
Speaking to RangersTV he said: “It is an unbelievable feeling to be back out playing football, it has been a real frustration for me that first season.
“I haven’t really trained much and I haven’t really played much but I am happy I have come through it and I am on the other side. I am feeling better than ever.
“Yeah it was tough, but it is easy to say things are tough, there are a lot tougher situations happening right now in the world so I can’t really complain. It is just great to be back.
“I think no matter where you are living, you’re a footballer and you just want to play football. You want to get minutes, you want to play games and you want to train every day.
“I don’t know where to start with what my injury was to be honest. It started in my calf, I was getting little niggles in my calf.
“The physios Stevie Walker, Kev Maclellan last year and now Alex McQueen have been absolutely first class along with the Sports Science guys and Disco (Davie Lavery – Club Masseur).
“They found the route of the problem and hopefully it is all sorted now. I feel 100% fit, I am feeling confident in my body and this is probably the best I have ever felt in my career.”
The Liverpool academy graduate now admits he is feeling fitter than he ever has. Rossiter has played three times already this season in Europe and the League Cup but is now targeting a Premiership return.
He continued: “It is a massive season for me, it is up to me to stay fit, I know that now. I don’t want to forget about last season because it is a time I never want to go back to so it is always in my head.
“I feel like it is my first season here if that makes sense, I feel like I need to start again but I can’t wait for the challenge and I am feeling up for it.
“I have realised now that there are certain things in the gym you have to do, there are things I’ve got to do off the pitch in the gym not just out on the field which is going to help me stay fit.
“I have always taken things like that seriously anyway because I know I am maybe not the strongest lad or the fittest lad but more than ever right now it is about looking after my body.”
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