Grimsby Town striker Jordan Cook is hoping to put his injuries behind him in the Sky Bet League Two 2019-20 season.
The 29-year-old scored five goals in 29 appearances in all competitions in an injury-hit campaign in his first season at Blundell Park last term.
And Cook, who signed for Michael Jolley’s side on a two-year deal from Luton Town last summer, is hoping to kick on in his second season with the Mariners.
Speaking exclusively on iFollow Mariners at Town’s 2019-20 kit launch, he said: “Last year I had a really good pre-season and I was feeling fit and strong, and ready for the season, but it was a bit stop-start.
“I had a couple of niggly injuries which were probably my own fault because I didn’t rest them as properly as I should have.
“And then they turned into a bit more of a problem towards the end of the season when I was playing even though it was a bit tight, and I probably should haven’t.
“But I feel good now - I’m excited just to get back. I’ve seen the new strips, and I just want to put them on and start playing!
“I can’t wait. Every footballer will tell you, you have the first two or three weeks to relax, and it’s nice, but then after those three weeks you start to get bored.
“I just want to start playing football again, but you know you’ve just got to wait.
“And with me being injured at the end of last season, the rest was good for me – it probably came at the right time to recharge my batteries.”
And Cook has backed midfielder Elliott Whitehouse to play a huge part in the Mariners’ 2019-20 campaign, as he looks to return from his ruptured ACL injury after 11 months on the sidelines.
He said: “He’s going to be a massive player for us. He’s in good condition, he’s always looked after himself – he’s as fit as a fiddle.
“He’ll just need a few games to settle in, and get his confidence back, and get back on his feet, and I think he could be a massive player for us.
“It’s his positivity and his energy – even off the pitch, it’s exactly the same – he’s so energetic, he’s so positive.
“Every single day we’ve seen him he’s positive, he’s motivated, he’s in the gym early, and he’s out the training ground last.
“He’s flying at the minute, so hopefully this pre-season he’ll come in, we’ll all get around him, and look after him.”
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