Gary McSheffrey believes patience has paid off, with his return from injury for the conclusion of Rovers' season
The midfielder has missed most of the campaign through injury, but after a string of appearances off the bench returned to the starting XI against Grimsby Town last weekend.
He created two goals at Blundell Park as Rovers went on to annihilate the Mariners 5-1, and is relishing being able to contribute.
“I’ve had to be patient before my first start, I’ve been on the bench for the last six weeks or so but with us having a winning team it was all about waiting for my time to come,” he said
“It’s been frustrating, my aim when I signed permanently was to be a real big part of this team but the injury wasn’t quite healing so I had to have surgery which set me back for four months.
“The manager will make the decision of how long he wants to keep me in the team for but I’m happy to be playing and staying fit.”
McSheffrey’s comeback has strengthened Rovers’ promotion push with Darren Ferguson’s side needing just one more win to seal the deal, and the former Scunthorpe man is looking to finish the job off with victory over Mansfield Town this weekend.
“To get promoted would be great, it shows how good the lads have been and to have the opportunity to secure it this early is something we have to grab with both hands,” he added.
“The atmosphere at home recently has been really good, we want to do it for the fans at the weekend as they’ve been loud all season.
“I’ve got four promotions throughout my career, this would be a nice one personally as it would be my first with a league winner’s medal.”
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