DANNY CADAMARTERI is hoping for a run-out at Bury on Saturday as he aims to force his way into Stan Ternent’s thinking for 2008-09.
The fit-again frontman has come through the early stages of pre-season without any reaction to the right knee problem which ruined his first campaign with the club.
Now he’s planning to step things up by booking a berth at Gigg Lane, where Town start a six-match schedule of warm-up action.
“It’s the first friendly, and all the lads will want to be involved,” said the 28-year-old, who was limited to 14 appearances, three of them as a sub, last season.
“Training has been enjoyable, particularly because we’ve seen plenty of the ball, but there’s nothing like a proper match.”
Cadamarteri, whose last first-team outing was at Leeds in December, followed his own routine before reporting back with the rest of the squad.
“I stayed at the club after the other lads had gone away for their holidays and, after a short break, worked one-to-one with (former physio) Lee Martin,” explained the man who netted three times for Town.
“I got some great support, which helped keep me motivated, and now (new physio) Ian Liversedge is taking me forward.
“I’ve felt fine so far and fingers crossed, that will continue, because I’m desperate to be involved on a regular basis this time.”
Ex-Everton starlet Cadamarteri is halfway through the two-year contract awarded by Andy Ritchie.
“It’s a big year for Huddersfield Town, with a new chairman-elect, new manager and new players, and I want to to ensure it’s a big season for me as well,” he added. “Last season was a nightmare, first with a hamstring injury then my knee problem, but this is a new start for me.
“The manager has come in and told us he has no pre-set ideas. It’s up to us to work hard in pre-season and show him we’re worth a place. That’s what I intend to do.”