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Kieran McKenna is thrilled to be back in the thick of it as our reserve team close in on the title.

Kieran McKenna is thrilled to be back in the thick of it as our reserve team close in on the title.

The versatile midfielder returned to the side in the 2-0 win over Leicester on Tuesday after missing a number of games due to a persistent hamstring problem. After playing such a big part in a team that has lost just three games this season, Kieran was naturally more than keen to resume his contribution to a requirement that is now four points to clinch the Barclays Premiership Reserve League South.

"I really wanted to get back for the last few games," reflected chirpy Northern Irishman. "Obviously the lads have been going really well and I was very happy for them, but it is hard watching from the outside when you have been past of the team.

"I am just glad to be back out there now.

"I missed about six or seven weeks worth of games with a really nagging injury I couldn't shake off. It was really frustrating and now I just want to crack on for the rest of the season," he continued, before revealing his relief that his comeback resulted in another win.

"At least I wasn't bad luck! I was afraid I would come back and we'd lose. It was a tough game on Tuesday, not pretty, but if you are going to win the league you have to grind out some results."

Kieran went on to offer his view on why this season has been so successful for Clive Allen's side after not really being close to a challenge in recent reserve campaigns.

"The young lads who have come in from the Academy have taken the step up and done really well, while the first team players who have come back down have helped us out. We have kept it going and had a great run for the last four months or so.

"It is a happy group and I do think we have an excellent squad of players with a very good balance. We have a good nucleus in the development squad, then there is the likes of Goran and Calum and their attitude is always spot on.

"Clive makes sure everyone is always positive going into the games, you can't fault the attitude of anyone. The training has been excellent this year and Clive has got us playing some good football. It is all paying off.

"In is in our hands now and everyone really wants to win it."