Skip to main content Skip to site footer

Goal hero Close delighted to be back in the thick of it

17 September 2023


Goal hero Close delighted to be back in the thick of it

17 September 2023

Ben Close was delighted to get straight down to business after returning from injury for Rovers this week.

The midfielder resumed full training at the start of the week after a hamstring issue delayed his start to the season.

And he wasted no time in making his mark for Rovers as he curled in an injury time cross-shot to secure the first league win of the campaign at Forest Green Rovers.

“It’s been frustrating,” he said. “Injuries are part of football and everyone goes through it.

“I’m happy to be back. I had a really good week in training and really enjoyed being back with the boys. There was a really good atmosphere this week.

“To come on in my first game back where I was available is even better.

“It’s nice to be involved in training but the games are what we live for. To be back involved so early was great.

“It’s been a while since we’ve won a game so it’s great to have that winning feeling back.”

The 27-year-old admits he has enjoyed working under Grant McCann and Cliff Byrne since their return to the club in the summer.

With a maiden league win secured, and performances strong over the last month, Close says results are the primary focus.

“It’s been really good. The results haven’t quite been there but the performances have been trending in the right direction.

“Training is tough and enjoyable - how you want it as a player. Coming back into it this week, the training levels were really good.

“We’ve got to start producing results now. We all know what we’re doing, we’re all training pretty well throughout the week so we’ve got to carry that on into games, make sure performances stay high and go and get the wins as well.

“I’m not surprised we got the win because the effort and the technical ability the lads showed in the week all came together.”

Advertisement block

iFollow Next Match Tickets Account