ANDY BOOTH will return to action in the Reserves tomorrow aiming to prove he can play a big part in helping Town reach the League I play-offs this season.
The 35-year-old talisman has made just one substitute appearance since undergoing back surgery in September and is eager to prove himself to new manager Lee Clark for the run-in at senior level.
Booth admits he will need at least a couple of games to test himself and Clark, too, won’t rush the legendary striker, promising possibly just 45 minutes tomorrow in the totesport.com League meeting with Rotherham at Don Valley Stadium (7.00).
“I’ve had to be careful and the bad weather has put things back a couple of weeks because I’ve only been able to train at The Zone, but I’m feeling okay,” confirmed Booth.
“I’ve been taking things steadily since I had that run-out in the match down at Northampton last month and it’s now a case of trying to get a couple of matches under my belt.
“Hopefully everything will go well because I would love to play a part towards the end of the season.
“I know it’s going to be hard to force my way back in because of the competition there is for places and the way the lads have been playing – our results have been good – so I’m going to have to play well.
“You’ve got to expect that when you’ve got a big squad, but I’ll be giving it my all and if I can do a job for the gaffer then I’ll be delighted.”
Clark – who had Gary Roberts (groin) back in training yesterday and was hoping to welcome back Lionel Ainsworth (thigh) to today’s session – is also looking to play Michael Flynn, Joe Skarz, Tom Clarke, Chris Lucketti, David Unsworth and James Berrett at Rotherham.
“We will have a strong team out because there are players in the squad who need a game,” said Clark.
“Boothy will be involved because he definitely needs to play at least a half.
“We want him to be tested and to get knocked about in a game situation, then we’ll see how he’s coming along.”