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Defender provides an update on his rehab work

5 July 2021

Defender Joseph Mills is on course to return to fitness.

Mills injured his ankle in the game against Blackpool on May 1st, but he has joined in with some parts of pre-season training this week and says he is pleased with his progress.

"The recovery is progressing," he said.

"The injury against Blackpool was very unfortunate and it was a tough pill to swallow but the rehab has been good. I have followed the advice of the surgeon and the medical staff here, we are where we need to be in the process and I am pleased with the progress.

"Last season didn't end the way we wanted either personally or for the team of course, and it was a frustrating season for me on the fitness front. I was just getting going and then I got the first ankle injury against Hull and I was feeling that on and off for the rest of the season.

"I picked up a few niggles as the season went on but I managed to get out there and as a player I always want to play but the injury against Blackpool meant there was no coming back from that for me last season, but the summer rehab has gone well and I can't wait for the new season.

"Friday was the first time I joined in with the group and it was the running session so maybe I should have left it another day or so! But being serious, it was good to be back and to be around the lads and seeing all the new lads, I am really excited for the season ahead.

"We will take pre-season as it comes. There is no point me earmarking a particular pre-season game that I want to play in, we will take things one step at a time and when the medical staff declare me ready to play, we'll be good to go, and hopefully that won't be too long.

"The new lads have settled in to the squad really well. The first day can always be difficult if you don't know too many familiar faces but they seem good lads, they have all gelled and fitted well into the group and the spirit in the squad is building well."

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