The young defender has been back on his feet for a couple of months after a year of injury hell and fast approaching the form and fitness that earned him rave reviews when he made his Premiership debut back in 2000-01.
Alton has been outstanding for the reserves in recent weeks and is hoping to make the step back into the first team limelight soon.
He said: "I've worked hard to get myself fit after being out for so long.
"I've done a lot of extra work to get fully fit and now I've played a few reserve games and I now feel back to where I was when I made my debut a couple of years ago.
"The injuries were hard. I had it for a long, long time and when you are carrying an injury, you are not playing at 100 per cent and that isn't good for you.
"When you are out for a while you start thinking 'I've got to be ready now' and you train and you feel it. You have to be sensible and listen to medical advice.
"To be playing now is the best feeling - to be fit and pain free and playing football, concentrating on football and not having to worry.
"Hopefully I'll get a chance. I feel ready and if I'm called upon, I think I'll do well."
Alton Thelwell's extra hours at the training ground are starting to pay dividends.