Ryan relishes Boro return

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Striker Ollie Ryan can’t wait to pull on the red shirt Scarborough Athletic once again tonight when he takes to the Queensgate pitch to face play-off rivals Mickleover.

Ryan, 28, was forced to call time on his spell at Boro at the beginning of last season, due to a broken foot and other commitments away from the game.

He has been playing for NCEL Premier side Staveley in recent weeks, but Boro boss Rudy Funk got in touch and the former Lincoln City man just couldn’t say no.

He said: “I was just getting back into it at Staveley when I broke my rib. Saturday’s game against Pickering was my first in six weeks.

“I scored in that one and did okay, then I got a call from Rudy Funk who told me that Gary Bradshaw was injured.

“I’ve always said that I would play if needed because I wanted to go back to Scarborough.

“I can’t wait to get involved again now, it is a big game as well, which makes things even better.”

Ryan is hoping that this won’t be a one-off as he is still looking to play football at a good level.

“He added: “I’m only 28, so I’ve still got a bit of time left in the game. During that time I want to play at the best level I can.

“I really enjoyed my time at Scarborough before, but obviously I had the foot injury and I have my daughter every other weekend, so it was a bit difficult.

“When you get to a good level you have to be 100 per cent committed and I couldn’t give that.

“Things may be changing around in the future and I still want to be involved for Scarborough - hopefully that will happen on a regular basis.”