King’s Lynn Town’s forgotten man Chris Ward hopes to take full advantage of his first team return by re-establishing his Linnets’ career.
Defender Ward, 23, had been totally out of the reckoning until a surprise recall against Stratford Town at the weekend.
Ward, whose last first team appearance before Saturday came two years ago, said: “It was good to be back.
“It has taken me this long to get back into the first team and the change in personnel in manager has worked for me.
“I know what my potential is and hopefully this might be the kick up the backside that I need. We’ll see where this takes me.”
Ward’s inclusion for Lynn’s Southern League encounter arrived after Sam Gaughran was ruled out with an arm injury.
“I played for the Reserves on Wednesday night, the gaffer liked what he saw and he took me straight in today,” said Ward.
“He phoned me on Friday night and told me that I’d start as part of a three alongside Ryan (Fryatt) and Wardy (Tom Ward).
“I was nervous but I knew what I was capable of. I’m good friends with Ryan and it was the first time I had met Wardy but he was spot-on.
“They were a massive help on my first game back. I needed a lot of chat around me and my chat will come with that. The players told me to keep things simple and that’s what I did.”
Ward, who spent last season with Holbeach United in the United Counties League, admitted he needed a fresh start after being completely frozen out at The Walks after making 19 appearances.
“My previous time at the club didn’t go the best,” admitted Ward, who was encouraged back to The Walks by reserve team boss Robbie Back in the summer.
“I signed a contract but I was travelling all around the country and not getting many minutes or game time.
“Obviously I left to play for Holbeach, but I was always going to come back here because it is a good club to be at.”
Ward feels that new manager Ian Culverhouse’s belief in developing young talent and putting in a pathway will only benefit the club.
“We haven’t been given that chance to step up but Ian has come in and said that he’s not afraid to play or use us,” said Ward.
“That will give all of the young lads in the ressies a bit of a lift, knowing that they might get a chance.”
Culverhouse was full of praise for Ward following his belated return to first team action.
“I went and watched him (Chris) for the Reserves in the week and I must say that this club is in good stead.
“There are three or four who could quite easily come into this group and they will do. They will get their chance before the end of the season.
“Chris was superb and he’s set his stall out now. That’s the level he’s got to keep and for his first game for a long time, I didn’t think he looked as if he’d been away that long.”