Fans of Tom Huddlestone would have been delighted to see our midfielder return to action in the recent pre-season friendlies even if the player himself admits that he is still working his way back to full fitness.
Hudd acknowledged that this has been a frustrating couple of years at the Lane.
“Last season was so frustrating,” he said. “I made four appearances at the start but then I picked up the ankle problem which persisted for months. It was particularly hard when I was two or three weeks away from returning and then I discovered I needed another operation that ruled me out for the season.”
Tom is now clearly hoping to impress AVB ahead of the new campaign.
“Everybody’s new to him and it’s a fresh start for everyone,” added Hudd. “Players who were maybe in the shadows before have now got a clean slate and, to a certain extent, I am one of those players, having missed so much of last season.”
While Tom’s return is a welcome one, where will he possibly fit in to an already overcrowded midfield?