I missed playing football, admits Nathan Steel

Stockton Town forward Nathan Steel reveals he missed playing football whilst recovering from a knee injury sustained in the 2019/20 campaign.

Steel, who joined the Anchors from Shildon in November 2019, has been limited to just four appearances in a Stockton shirt after an unfortunate knee injury ruled him out of action for twelve months in December 2019.

The forward returned to action against Shildon in the Buildbase FA Vase Third Round, and he was delighted to get back to playing football.

“I played 45 minutes against Shildon and my knee felt absolutely fine, I was back in training four or five weeks beforehand, and in full contact training for two weeks. I felt strong. I felt fit.

“I loved it, i’d missed being out there [on the pitch].”

The 29 year-old is determined to put the injury behind him, and has praised Stockton Town physio Sam Higgins for helping his recovery.

“I was in full contact with Sam [Higgins], even when on holiday, he was messaging me asking if I had done my exercises!

“He was really supportive, I trained with him in his home gym (outside of lockdown), after I returned to full fitness we had a little craic in the changing rooms. I’m grateful to be working with him.”

Also in this feature, Steel discusses the 2020/21 campaign so far, “Project Non-League” and where he sees the future of the club in the short term.

You can watch the full interview with Nathan Steel live on Anchors TV on Saturday evening.

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