YOUNG goalkeeper Callum Bastock says that he will always be grateful to Paul Hurst for sticking by him and giving him another chance.
The promising 18-year-old suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury last season and his second year YT was cut short as a result. He was then given a six month deal by the Town boss to give him time to get over the injury and to try to prove himself. As we announced on Thursday, Callum has now signed a deal to keep him at the club until the end of the season.
Speaking to gtfc.co.uk, the Boston born player said: “I'm absolutely delighted, over the moon.
“I'm very grateful to Paul and the club. He could have quite easily let me go and said come back to us when you are fit. Hopefully I can one day repay them.”
Callum now feels that the injury is behind him as he looks to get match fit and challenge for a first team spot.
He said: “I feel like I'm getting back to being fully fit again now and that I can now go and prove myself. I'm not quite one-hundred percent fit but I feel like I'm getting there. I need a bit more game time before I can think about pushing to get into the first team squad.
“It took me a bit longer than I thought it would, I thought I would fly through it. I've not had too many set-backs. I wouldn't say that I rushed myself, I've worked with Dave (Moore) on it and if I thought that it wasn't quite right I'd speak to Dave and we'd go and do a bit extra in the gym. I neglected the strength work in the gym because I wanted to get out there, a bit quicker than I should have really. I had to step back and go in the gym a lot more, now I've done that, it's looking a lot better.
“Andy Warrington has been brilliant, he has really helped me. He had a long term injury himself so he knows what it is like. He's worked with me, has spoken with me, helped me through it. I feel like he's developed me as a goalkeeper,” he concluded.