Game time delights Pearce as he looks towards a return.
- Jason Pearce completes another 45 minutes for the Development Squad.
- Defender delighted to be on the road to recovery following hip flexor injury.
- Vice-captain suffered blow after opening pre-season friendly.
“I’ve been itching to get back out there. The more games I can play the better, I need to get my match sharpness up to get back into the first team,” began the defender.
“I’ve been patiently watching and waiting to get a chance so I’m just hoping it comes around soon.
“I was a little disappointed to come off at half time today because I’m just desperate to get minutes, but the gaffer wanted me to do 45 minutes so I can train properly through the rest of the week which is the right call.
“As a player you always want to play as long as you can, but I’m pleased to get back out there.”
Pearce suffered his hip injury during Latics’ first pre-season friendly of the summer against Altrincham, a huge source of disappointment he explained:
“It was really frustrating to get injured right at the start of pre-season because it automatically set me behind the rest of the group.
“This injury has been really hard because I’ve been quite fortunate throughout my career so to get this so early in pre-season was really disappointing.
“I’ve been working really hard to try and get up to the same level as everyone else and I feel like I’m getting closer now having played in the last two games for the Development Squad.”
Having watched Latics’ start to the season from the side lines, Pearce reflected:
“The lads are a little bit disappointed because our expectations and standards are very high, but having said that there are so many new players at the club and it’s going to take a few games for the lads to get used to each other.
“There’s certainly a lot more to come. The Scunthorpe game stands out as the highlight of the season at the minute, every player was brilliant on the night and we have to make sure we can replicate that to get more consistency in our play.”
There was a silver lining for the 27-year-old during the summer when he was named vice-captain of the club, a role he said he was very proud to receive:
“I’m delighted to have been given the vice-captaincy of such a good club.
“Morgs (Craig Morgan) has come in and I’ve become quite close to him and there’s nobody better to be the captain of the club, he’s a good guy and he’s a very good captain. I’m pleased to be able to support him.”