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ANT ON DECK

Posted on 3 August 2006  - 12:00

Anthony Gardner said he's raring to go after returning to friendly action in Wednesday night's win at Fisher Athletic.

Anthony Gardner said he's raring to go after returning to friendly action in Wednesday night's win at Fisher Athletic.

The defender picked up a slight shin problem at our training camp in France and his 73-minute stint against the Conference South outfit represented his first action since our opening friendly against Bordeaux on July 13.

Fisher's robust forward Steve Watts provided a physical and aerial test for Anthony who came through pretty much untroubled as goals from Jamie O'Hara and Andy Barcham's second half double secured a hard-earned 3-1 win.

"I was delighted to be back out there, getting my legs moving again in a game situation and getting my rhythm back," said 'TG' afterwards.

"It's never ideal to have an injury in pre-season although I suppose getting it now is better than when the season has actually started. At least I can get some kind of fitness again before the start of the season.

"I feel good at the moment, had no problems injury-wise at Fisher and I'm raring to go now.

"It was such a disappointment when I got injured in the game at Aston Villa last season but that's football, it's the way things happen sometimes.

"I've done plenty of work over the summer to make sure my muscles are strong and hopefully I'll feature more next season."