Ashington’s former Newcastle United winger Jonny Godsmark is hoping to be involved in Wednesday’s Northumberland Senior Cup final against Whitley Bay at St James’ Park.
However, the 23-year-old apprentice engineer, who has recently returned to action after sustaining an horrific broken leg in the first pre-season friendly of the season over nine months ago, is taking nothing for granted.
“I’m available for selection – and am hopeful of being involved,” he said.
“I’m nowhere near where I want to be performance wise, and have got to admit that it is taking me longer to get back up and running.
“I thought I would slot back into the groove a lot quicker but I have still been having problems with my leg after matches, and on reflection, I wasn’t fit enough when I returned after seven or eight months on the sidelines.
“I have spoken to manager Gary Middleton who has said that whatever they get out of me on the pitch is a bonus and that I should start to look ahead to having a good pre-season fitness wise so I can get back to my best – and that is the aim.”
Godsmark linked up with Newcastle United from the age of nine.
“I went through the whole academy until I was 20,” he said.
“I signed a two years professional contract and made one or two squads before going out on loan to Hereford for six months.”
Consequently, having missed a huge chunk of the campaign, a return to St James’ Park on Wednesday should provide a much needed tonic.
He added: “It goes without saying that I’m looking forward to going back.
“It will be nice for the squad to play on a big stage – but it will be a tough match because Whitley Bay are a top side.
“It is not going to be easy but we’ll be backed by quite a few fans and hopefully we can reward them with a win.”