Ashington FC’s Ollie Hotchkiss said there is a triple reason why he is itching for the season to recommence.
Following recent postponements, the Sunderland-born midfielder, a PE teacher in primary schools in the Durham City area, knows that there will be a glut of games in the second half of the campaign as he desperately tries to regain his fitness.
But the 26-year-old said he is enjoying his time at Woodhorn Lane.
Hotchkiss joined the Colliers from Bishop Auckland at the start of October after previously being at Durham City.
He said: “I have had a few operations in the past and need to build my fitness up, but at Ashington they have been great with me as I try to get up to speed.
“When I signed, I had to work my way into the team first then luckily stayed in the side after playing against Heaton Stannington in the League Cup.
“Work commitments ruled me out of the FA Vase tie at North Shields, and in our last game against Seaham the game was played amid terrible conditions.
“I’m really enjoying my time in Wansbeck, after all I live in Sunderland and wouldn’t do the travel if I didn’t.
“The club is run brilliantly and the management team and the lads are superb.
“It’s great to work in a positive environment and with such a bunch of talented football stars at the club.”
IN regards to the fixture backlog, he added: “Results, consistency and performances can get us up the table.
“As far as I’m concerned, the more games the merrier because it’s better than training.
“It has been frustrating over the past few weeks and especially over the Christmas period because I feel as if we have lost some family time.
“You want to enjoy yourself yet prepare for a match properly, then due to the elements, the game is called off and playing friendlies is not the same.
“I hope the weather relents this week because I cannot wait for us to play our next competitive game.”