LUKE DETERMINED LEG BREAK WON’T HINDER BID TO MAKE IT BIG WITH COVE

21/09/2018

LUKE Emmett says suffering a serious injury just weeks into his Cove Rangers career won't stop him proving boss John Sheran was right to bring him to Balmoral Stadium

Luke broke his right tibia (also known as the shin bone ) during the first half of Cove's recent 11-0 Breedon Highland League victory over Fort William.

The 17-year-old former Aberdeen FC youth player had surgery to insert two screws to repair the break in the bone and will be in plaster for the next few weeks.

Luke, however, is determined the injury will only be a temporary set-back as he bids to repay the faith boss John showed when he gave him a contract in the summer.

Luke said: "I will be back and I'm determined that will be sooner rather than later.

"I've been told I will have the plaster on for the next three weeks and I can then look at working my way back.

"There is no way I will let the injury stop me achieving what I want to with Cove."

Luke is frustrated he suffered the injury just 30 minutes into the clash with Fort, after having been handed his second start of the season.

"I was really happy to start that game and eager to impress," he said.

"Unfortunately I then suffered the injury.

"There was no malice in the tackle that caused it, I bear no grudge against the opponent who made the challenge on me. "You can't put any blame on him, it's just one of those things that happen in football now and again.

"I was really disappointed I couldn't see the game out, though, because that was my chance to prove myself.

"I got some comfort out of the manager telling me he felt I had done well while I was on the pitch.

"It's now a case of waiting until I'm fit to get back to training then working as hard as I can to get another chance."

Luke was with the Dons, who signed him from Aberdeen Juvenile side Dyce Boys Club, for three years until his release at the end of last season.

He didn't hesitate to accept when Cove offered him the chance to play at Highland League level for the first time.

He said: "I didn't get taken on when I went on trial with some other teams, so was glad when the manager said he was happy to have me.

"I've really enjoyed my time at Cove so far.

"The training is great and the rest of the lads have made me feel really welcome."

Luke is an ambitious young man and hasn't ruled out a return to the full-time professional game at some stage in the future.

"When I spoke to the manager, his coaching team and other people at Cove they told me about Paul Coutts, who used to play here but went on to bigger things down in England," he said.

"That's proof that playing for Cove can be a stepping stone for players who want to play at higher levels.

"But my main target right now is to get fit again and reward the manager for giving me the chance to get my career going again after what happened at Aberdeen."

Cove manager John was happy to offer words of encouragement to the teenager as he continues his battle back to full fitness.

John said: "Luke will be back playing for us again this season, I have no doubts about that.

"We have been really impressed with what we've seen since he joined us.

"He played at youth level with Aberdeen, so we knew Luke would arrive with good technical ability.

"The boys have also taken to him, Luke has fitted in really well even though he is pretty quiet, as young boys can tend to be at the beginning.

"But what has impressed me the most about Luke is his strong will to win.

"That's something I always look for in players because I only want winners at Cove.

"We will be doing all we can to help Luke bounce back quickly because we believe he is going to do well for us."