The Irishman is eager to put his injury well and truly behind him.
Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Richie Towell is eager to put a lengthy absence through injury behind him and break into the side on a regular basis, ahead of today’s trip to Lincoln City in the Emirates FA Cup.
The Irish midfielder is likely to feature for Albion against the Imps in their fourth round tie, and Towell explained his frustration with an injury that ruled him out of action for the start of the current season.
He said, “I went to New York for ten days [in the summer] and I went running every single day. I got up at 6am and went out in the morning before my partner was up and she thought I was crazy!
“In the off-season, I had it in my mind that I would come back as fit as I had ever been and I probably worked myself a little bit too hard.
“It was something that I was willing to do to come back in the best physical shape possible, but it didn’t go to plan.
“Getting injured didn't help and I haven't played as many games as I would have liked, but that's football.”
The 25-year-old is hoping to impress Albion boss Chris Hughton, if given the chance at Sincil Bank, and backed his team-mates to progress in the FA Cup, a competition he keenly watched as a boy.
“It’s nice to be able to get an opportunity to play, with games being limited and us having such a big squad, I’m really looking forward to it.
“My main goal is to get into the team. I might have the opportunity to do that on Saturday, so hopefully the gaffer will like what he sees and I can put a little thought in his head.
“Even though we have our own league in Ireland, for every schoolboy, the emphasis was always on the Premier League and FA Cup,
“I know everyone is looking for an upset this weekend, as are Lincoln, but it’s down to us to show our capabilities and win the game.”
Towell praised the togetherness of Albion’s squad this season, and believes that playing alongside experienced team-mates can only be beneficial for himself.
"My game has definitely come on since playing with the likes of Steve Sidwell and Dale Stephens, you can learn a lot from them.
“When I first came here, they signed me because I scored a lot of goals from midfield, so if I can replicate that and get my name on the scoresheet, then hopefully it won’t do me any harm.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game, but if we’re playing well and we can move the ball and create chances, then I think we can do well and win the game.”