Scarborough Athletic defender Joe Lamplough has vowed to return after joining AFC Mansfield on a short-term deal.
Lamplough’s stay at Boro has been blighted by injury, something the former Hull City man is keen to put right.
He initially ruptured his quad at Goole on Boxing Day of 2013, and after recovering from that, he suffered a hernia and ligament release in the groin during this season’s opener at Salford City.
The 25-year-old has been sent to former Boro boss Rudy Funk’s Mansfield side to recover his fitness, and after that period he could feature in Boro’s push towards the Evo-Stik North play-offs.
“It is so frustrating, you obviously want to be playing in games. I didn’t want to just be sitting down watching them.
“I feel fit at the moment, but I want to be able to do myself justice. The chance to play a few games for Mansfield will allow that.
“I want to be where I was in pre-season. It is about getting myself and my body right because I want to be involved in the play-off push.
“If I’m not back by the end of this season then I will definitely be raring to go once again when pre-season starts in the summer.”
Joint-boss Paul Foot added: “Joe’s attitude has been amazing this season. He has been coming down to games and getting involved, despite the fact that he hasn’t been getting paid.
“At the moment we can’t afford to throw him into a league game when he is just coming back from injury.
“I spoke to Rudy (Funk) and we agreed that he would go there to play some matches to get him back to where he was.
“Joe has that desire to do this, he is definitely a player with a future at Scarborough Athletic.”