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Welsh's Burnley Delight

Welsh's Burnley Delight

Ok, John Welsh's return for Preston resulted in a defeat against Burnley but having made his first appearance since Brighton last October he could be forgiven for being delighted in defeat.

A torn calf at Brighton last season has seen Welsh sidelined since having suffered several setbacks in his battle to return to fitness.

Welsh, who was also handed the captains armband on the night, was in Alex Neil's starting XI at Deepdale on Tuesday when Premier League side Burnley recorded a 2-1 win. Simply returning to the squad during pre-season has been a boost with the midfielder admitting he wondered if his chance would come.

'I'm just delighted to put a shirt on again. I found out yesterday that I was going to be in the squad and to then be told I was playing the first half, I was just really excited. Even to just be around the squad and the players - back in the changing rooms, getting stripped - it got me excited and it was a big moment for me,' Welsh told the Official Website.

Adding: 'You sometimes wonder when you're injured whether this moment will come, especially when the injury breaks down more than a couple of times. You have that in your head but credit to the medical staff - they always gave me the belief that I was going to come back, and in really good condition.'

There were plenty of low periods during his injury enforced absence but Welsh, 32, went on to praise the support he was given by his teammates and the medical staff, which kept his spirits up and inspired the experienced midfielder to come back stronger for them as much as himself.

'Setback after setback, you get disheartened but you've got a great team of physios and fitness workers. Not only that but you've got Calum Woods who helped me through it a lot and Tom Clarke so those type of people motivate you everyday,' added Welsh.

'They pick you up when you're down and I was really down at times - you put doubt in your head sometimes but having conversations with those lads and all of the other lads, the love I've got off the lads inspires me to get stronger and do better for them.'

Meanwhile, Liam Grimshaw was another involved in the game.

Grimshaw, against his boyhood club, was pleased with his involvement in a game that saw plenty of friends and family in attendance.

He told the Official Website: 'We've played lower league sides before so it's good to play against a team from the Premier League and test yourself against better sides. I really enjoyed playing against Burnley, I had a lot of my family here and my friends in the away end so I really enjoyed it.'

Looking to impress Neil, as Grimshaw himself aims to secure a place in the boss' starting line up, the defender went on to say he was delighted to get a full 90 minutes under his belt having played an hour against Accrington recently too as he looks to stake a claim like everyone else.

'I enjoyed it, I thought it was a good work out, previously I have just played 60 minutes against Accrington the other night so it was good to get 90 minutes under my belt. I think everyone just wants to get as many minutes as they can under their belts now and try and impress the manager, especially with him being new. It's an opportunity for everyone to impress him and that's all it's about really, getting fit and getting ready for that first game.'

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Saturday July 29 2017
Time: 1:23PM

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