Bury striker Andy Bishop insists he's over the injury problems that have blighted his progress over the past two years and is ready to strike up a partnership with record-breaking forward Ryan Lowe.
The 28-year-old has gone under the knife five times in the past two years, setbacks which mean he has contributed just seven goals in the past two terms for the Shakers.
However, the forward is injury free heading into the new season - and is ready to make an impact once again. In his absence, League Two Player of the Year Lowe has carried on the goalscoring mantle, helping the club win promotion to League One.
In the process of becoming the club's top scorer, Lowe broke a 53-year club record by scoring in nine successive matches, and Bishop can't wait to strike up a partnership with the new darling of the Gigg Lane faithful.
"Ryan's been at the club two years now and I've been injured the whole time he's been here," he continued. "He's a great player and hopefully we can have a good partnership as at times it has worked on the training ground."
Reflecting on his battle to recover full fitness, Bishop says: “It's going to be tough to get in the side but I think I'm up for the challenge - I just want to play again. I'm more confident thaN I have been. It's been a long pre-season as I've been in since last season finished.
"For the first time I went to a specialist and they went in with a camera and looked through my knee. It just sounds so ridiculous after being out for so long and no one has done that before.
"Last year was shocking. I was playing in pain the whole time and people are telling you, you are fine and just get on with it.
"You come on the pitch and it's a bit of a nightmare and the way it was handled was a bit of a shambles."