DARREN Potter has declared himself happy with his comeback game for Rotherham United and still hasn't given up hope of playing a part this season.
The experienced midfielder had his first run-out since December this afternoon when he featured in the reserves' win over Morecambe at Roundwood.
Coming back from a troublesome Achilles injury, the 33-year-old completed 60 minutes and looked assured and confident.
Speaking to the Advertiser afterwards, he said that althought he wasn't yet at peak fitness, he was pleased to have taken an important step.
He explained: "I've been training with the lads for the last two weeks and although that's really good, playing a game is different in getting your positional sense and different questions asked of you from people you have not played against before.
"It was just nice to get the minutes under my belt, that is what it was about, and more than anything it was about getting through them without feeling overly sore.
"Day to day it is progressively getting better and better, it is just about managing it as best you can. Time will be the healer and once I get into my stride playing more games it just becomes a natural thing."
With five matches of the regular season to go and the prospect of more should a play-off place be secured, it is not inconceivable that Potter could still get involved. He was a key team member earlier in the season and his know-how could still be useful. But whether or not he sees any first team action, last summer's recruit from MK Dons says he will do all he can to help the team.
He added: "I've reiterated time and time again how well the lads have done. Whatever is decided between the physios and myself, one thing is for sure, I'm not match fit but I'm ready if I'm needed because I've been training for a couple of weeks.
"If I don't play another minute to the end of the season then it is what it is and I will be there for the lads, I'll back them up and help them as much as I can going forward."
Back into it...Darren Potter at Roundwood this afternoon.
Trailing 2-0 to Morecambe in the second half, Rotherham hit back to win 3-2 with goals from Kuda Muskwe, Jack Osborne and Tom Maguire. Osborne's was the best of the game, a delicious strike from 20 yards.
The Millers' seniors, meanwhile, are gearing up for two successive away games, starting at leaders Wigan on Saturday. Left-back Joe Mattock will still be missing with a hamstring injury.
You can keep tabs on developments at the DW Stadium throughout the afternoon on our Live Matchday Blog and there's in-depth Millers coverage in our 24-page sports supplement, free in tomorrow's Advertiser.
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