Date: 18th April 2007 at 6:09pm
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With it a total bonus to have the big man back in action before the end of the season, his comeback goals v Gretna and Burra reserves have been well received by a team that have been severely lacking a cutting edge up front. However the big lad went through a lot whilst he was out, including doubts about whether this was the end of his football career. With repeated problems with his hip, good old Dickie Steadman, mate of King Al`s and EMO`s, seems to have put him right. Anyway the large fella spoke about his hopes and previous fears:

“There was a time when I thought my career was over, I didn’t want to make that public until now. The backroom staff and the medical team knew the injury would not go away unless it was sorted out properly. All credit to them and the guys in Colorado at the surgery. I have had the problem for two years and it was career-threatening. I can say that now. But I never wanted to think about it as I wanted to get it right. Thankfully that has happened now.

It’s a bonus to be back now – I never thought this would happen. I was nervous before the match because this was my first game in six months, and it’s been a long time. You never know how the hip is going to react. But it’s held up really well and I have to say thanks to the physios and medical staff at Newcastle because they have saved my career. I am ecstatic to be able to play this season. I never thought in my wildest dreams that his might happen. It has though, and it was nice.’