NATHAN CLARKE can't wait to pull on his Town shirt tomorrow and underline his intention to rejoin Peter Jackson's senior squad.
The 19-year-old played only two and a half games last season and, since undergoing knee surgery in the summer, he has had to be content with the training ground and the gym.
Now, though, he is ready to play his first match as the Reserves kick off their Pontins League season against Hull City at the McAlpine (2.00), and he's already itching for the whistle to blow.
"I'm really looking forward to it and just being with the first-team squad at Boston on Saturday whetted my appetite even more," said the talented centre-back.
"Tomorrow is a big game for me, but everything feels fine and I've done a lot of physical work, especially over the last couple of weeks.
"Now I'm just excited to be playing again. I think the plan is for me to have half a game and see how I go. If I'm up to doing a bit more, I will do.
"Hopefully, with another game under my belt after that, I can start thinking about pushing to get back in the first-team squad again."
Clarke, who hasn't played since February, travelled for Saturday's 2-2 draw at York Street and warmed up with the squad on the pitch beforehand.
"It was good to be back among the lads for a first-team game and everything has changed from last season," he said.
"Peter Jackson brings a lot of enthusiasm to the club, he demands a lot from the players and the new lads he has brought in have fitted in really well.
"We are all enjoying it, and having a taste of the first-team atmosphere on Saturday really helped me. I know there is a challenge because the gaffer has brought in three centre-backs, but I'm positive about taking on the challenge and I'm feeling good. It's just brilliant to be back."