Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 midfielder Jayson Molumby says his time on the sidelines over the last 15 months has made him a stronger person.
The Irishman made his return to action midway through last month against Manchester City for Simon Rusk’s side, before being named as a substitute on the bench for the Emirates FA Cup tie with Derby County less than 24 hours later.
He emphasised that the time he spent away from the field was tough, but that it would serve him well for the future.
He said, “I was around the first team picture at the time and felt I was doing well before I picked up the first injury, which was really frustrating.
“My knee went in a training session, they felt that because I was young I could do rehab without an operation and that my body could do more.
“After six or seven months I returned to training and then I felt it go again, I needed some reconstruction work done which set me back another six months, it was hard and frustrating.
“It’s hard seeing others around you playing and training while you’re sitting in the physio room, but it’s made me stronger.”
The under-23s solidified second position in Premier League 2 Division 1 on Monday evening with a 2-1 win over Derby County, and Molumby played the entirety of the contest, completing his first full game since returning to action.
“It was my first 90 minutes of football in 15 months, it’s been a long wait but it just feels great to be back out there, for me it’s all about building myself up now.
“The more minutes I can get under my belt the better, it’s important for me that I don’t look too far ahead.
“Everything feels good, I’ve been training for nearly a month now and everything feels brilliant. It’s about taking it step by step, but everything’s perfect at the moment and I’m delighted with it.”
The side are next in action on Monday evening when they face Blackburn Rovers, with four league games left of their current campaign, and Molumby reflected on his hopes and aspirations for the remainder of the season for both club and country.
“I have to concentrate on getting sharper every day in training and I just want to get as much game time as possible between now and the end of the season.
“I also love playing for my country, so if I can push into the frame for that under-21 group and get back in the Republic of Ireland shirt, then that would be brilliant too.”