King's Lynn Town's Irish warrior looks forward to going full-time in National League
King's Lynn Town's Kyle Callan-McFadden has reassured supporters that he will be fully fit for the start of the new National League campaign.
The defender missed the end of last season after fracturing a bone behind his Achilles during the 5-3 away defeat at Wrexham.
But he has slowly returning to fitness and will play some part in pre-season – although he is unlikely to feature against former club Norwich City on July 16.
Lynn's no-nonsense centre-half insists he is getting stronger and stronger after having a protective boot removed a fortnight ago.
“I fractured a bone behind my Achilles and I was wearing a protective boot up up until two weeks ago, but that's healed now," he said.
"I've started doing a bit of straight-line running, nothing major as I don't want to aggravate it too quickly, along with some bike, rowing machine and weights work.
"I'm not up to full fitness, probably I'd say about 50 or 60 per cent so far, but I'll definitely get a big chunk of pre-season done and I'll be ready for the first game of the season.
Callan-McFadden enjoyed four magnificent seasons with Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds before making the switch to the Linnets last November.
The Irish defender has already displayed warrior-like attributes during his first few months back in Norfolk, becoming a firm favourite with the Walks faithful.
The 26-year-old will quite happily run through a brick wall for anyone and the afternoon he picked up his injury at the Racecourse Ground typified his attitude and spirit on a football pitch.
"When I got the knock on my ankle it really blew up straight away. It looked as though someone had put a golf ball in my sock," he said.
"I said to the physio: 'Just give me five minutes and I'll be grand' as the adrenaline kicked in.
"I'm thankful that Carol pulled me off as I would have stayed on and ended up destroying myself.
"It does take a lot to keep me out and I don't like missing games. That's just the type of person I am, whoever I'm representing.
"The gaffer and the club showed a great willingness to get me here. Having people like that backing you makes you want to give blood, sweat and tears to the cause."
Lynn switching to a full-time model was one of the main reasons for Callan-McFadden signing a contract extension which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2023.
"It's a big pull that the club has gone full-time," he admitted.
"I'd been in full-time football since I was 15 or 16 at Norwich and last season was the first time I haven't been, even though we were training three times a week until the furlough kicked in.
"The gaffer has got really big plans and I know the way he works from my younger days at Norwich and I'm fully committed to where he wants to go.
"It's also extra security for the family and me. My son starts school in September and my daughter will be at nursery soon.
"If I only had a year left and it didn't work out then we'd be upping sticks and looking for somewhere else to go."
Consolidation is vital for Lynn next season as they try to establish themselves as a respected National League outfit.
And despite the trials and tribulations of everything that has gone on in the past few months, the County Donegal-born native believes the club have made the right call.
"It's either sink or swim, but the chairman has put considerable backing in and a lot of contracts have changed.
"I'm not saying that we'll be flying up the league but I think we'll have enough to stay in it.
"We showed glimpses of how we like to play last season, so going full-time will only benefit us more. The gaffer will have more time on the training pitch to put the wrongs of last season right.
"He will have loads more time to drill in how he wants us to play and how he wants us to defend.
"I think the defending will be a big focus for him. He knows we can play going forward but it's about tightening it up at the back and us to stop shipping so many goals."