Nottingham Forest midfielder Matty Cash is aiming to come back stronger as his recovery from injury continues.
The 19-year-old was delighted with his start to the season, making his Forest debut in the opening day win over Burton, but he has been missing since picking up an injury at Aston Villa in September and hopes to make his comeback soon.
He said: “Playing for Forest at the start of the season was a massive thing for me.
“It was amazing with mixed emotions as my mum was up in the stand and she was really nervous. But it was a massive feeling for me. I came here two-and-a-half years ago and when I was on trial I came to The City Ground and thought that playing here would be the best feeling in the world. The fact that I played against Burton and all the hard work paid off, it was definitely a proud moment for myself.
“I was gutted to come off injured and tried playing on. In football there is injuries, it is one of those things. But I will come back stronger and I am working hard to get things right.
“Everyone in football gets injured, it is part of the game. Players like Chris Cohen have had a few injuries and he has come back even stronger. It shows what a strong character he is and it shows that if you do get injured you can come back.”
Cash believes his loan spell at Dagenham and Redbridge last season has brought his game on leaps and bounds, and he managed to get his name on the scoresheet three times in his 12 appearances in League Two.
He said: “I learnt so much at Dagenham about my game, as a player and also as a person, handling men’s football and how different it is to Under 23s. It made me a better player and coming in this season gave me the confidence that I could go and play for Forest.
“Scoring is one of the best feelings. I played in some big games that I scored in, against Plymouth and Bristol Rovers, and it is the best feeling in the world when it hits the back of the net. I was quite surprised at the Plymouth one as it was about 28 yards and it is a great feeling.”
More game time is the aim for Cash when he is fit, and he believes that under the guidance of head coach Philippe Montanier, good times are just around the corner.
He said: “The gaffer is really good, everyone likes him and believes in him and I believe this club is going to go a long way. I feel the gaffer is the right person for it and the way all the players are working is great. At the moment results aren’t going our way but that is football and we have the right squad and the players believe we will turn it around.
“I am taking it every day as it comes. My knee is feeling stronger and the more of that the better it is. Hopefully I will get a game in for the Under 23s towards the end of the month and take it from there.”