Alex Kiwomya felt good after playing in his first game since April.
The forward played 45 minutes for the Development side on Tuesday as he starts his return to full match fitness after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome in the summer, shortly after his move to the Keepmoat Stadium from Chelsea, but he is just happy to be back doing what he loves.
“It feels good to be back, I’ve been looking forward to this for a while, I wasn’t meant to be back this early so it’s a blessing in disguise and I’m happy to get back on the pitch - I feel sharp, and the gaffer seems happy so it’s all good,” Kiwomya said.
“It’s the toughest thing I’ve ever been through and I was scared I’d never play again, so that really affected me, but I came back in and they said that I could come back to training and maybe even be back in before the end of the season and here I am now.
“Coming back home to South Yorkshire, I have everyone around me and that’s helped me to get through it, I’ve got all my family around me, my girlfriend and my son and then my mum and dad have helped me so much.”
Kiwomya’s first action in a Rovers shirt was a very positive one, with the forward causing problems for the Vale defence in the opening half, and he is now keen to take that with him when he breaks into the first team.
“I’m a really quick player and I like to get in behind, I’m relishing the competition, it’s always good to have that when you go to a club to have that competition within the side and hopefully that can push everyone on,” he added.
“Everyone wants to score goals and play well, I want to get as many minutes in as I can, I don’t really have any goals, I just want to get back in the side and give 100 per cent week in, week out.
“Everyone has been so positive, the fans and the gaffer have stuck with me and got me through what has been the toughest period of my career, for that I owe everything to them, its been so frustrating and now I can’t wait to get going here.”