COVE ACE GRANT FINALLY GETS GOOD NEWS AFTER NIGHTMARE YEAR BATTLING TO RECOVER FROM KNEE INJURY
LEADING THE WAY: Cove Rangers midfielder Grant Campbell, right, on the run during pre season training at Balmoral Stadium.
COVE Rangers midfielder Grant Campbell is delighted he’s back on course to finally fulfill his dream of playing in the SPFL with the club.
The former Wick Academy player feared his playing career could be over after suffering more problems with the knee injury that had already restricted his appearances for more than a year.
Grant needed two major operations to repair the damage before finally making his first team comeback at the turn of this year.
But he was forced back on to the sidelines during the closing weeks of the club’s last Highland League campaign because the knee injury was still causing him problems.
He’s about to undergo a third operation but has already been told it’s only a minor procedure that will ensure he’s fully fit and able to compete for a place as Cove get set to play in League Two for the first time.
It’s a huge relief to Grant, who admitted in May that he was genuinely concerned that he might be forced to hang up his boots.
“What I said towards the end of last season was an honest opinion of where I felt I was at,” said Grant, who joined Cove from Wick in December 2015.
“It was clear I needed a solution to my problem or I would be faced with a decision about whether I would be able to carry on.
“Thankfully, the club has eased those concerns.
“I was sent for a scan that discovered the problem that was stopping me having a full range of movement in my knee.
“It can be sorted out with another operation, which is nothing more than a minor tidy up and I’ve been told I will finally be good to go about two to three weeks after that.
“It’s a huge relief because it’s been a long, very frustrating, year for me.
“I’m glad to now be looking at a three week time frame until I’m able to start making a contribution again.
“These are exciting times to be a Cove Rangers player.
“Everyone at the club has been buzzing for a while now because it’s been a long term ambition to make it up to the SPFL.
“It was being talked about at Cove long before I arrived at the club.
“Now the talk is about how far can we go now that we have been promoted.
“I obviously want to be a part of that.
“I had spent 10 years playing in the Highland League but playing in the SPFL is something I’ve always hoped would eventually come my way.
“I’ve played against plenty of SPFL clubs in cup ties and feel I’ve more than held my own on most occasions.
“I’m now looking forward to the opportunity to see if I’m up to doing that, week in, week out.
“It’s a big challenge but one I’m happy to take on.”