Striker Matt Lecointe is now ‘more determined than ever’ to play for Plymouth Argyll after getting sidelined for the entire season of 2013/14, due to his cruciate knee ligament injury before the season.
After acquiring full training, the 19 year is now more enthusiastic than ever. His current contract will end in summer 2014.
Lecoointe has played for Argyll 30 times, when he made his debut at the age of 16. He said in his statement to the press, “I’m more determined than ever. I just want to make sure I get through pre-season first, take it step by step and then, hopefully, get back into the first team squad.
“The manager has been in contact with (Argyle physio) Paul Atkinson, who has told him how I have got on. He has spoken to me briefly a few times and said I have been doing well and I have just got to keep it going. I have been feeling good in training and the manager told me I have been looking sharp, so that’s a positive.”
Lecointe along with his Argyll squad will be closing season training programme this summer. He got injured in a pre-season game held at Truro City in July.
He said: “That will involve CV (cardiovascular) work and some weights. At the start, when it first happened, it was frustrating but after that I just got on with it,” he said. “It has been more a relief to get back out on the training pitch.
“It (the knee) feels strong and I haven’t really had any setbacks, touch wood. I have got to keep pushing on and get my fitness back up, and maintain it. From my injury until Christmas, it seemed like it was taking forever. But since then it has gone really quickly. They say the new ligament they put in my knee is actually stronger than the other one. Hopefully, that’s the case.”
He added: “I have watched a lot of football. You can’t keep away from it – it’s your job. I have grown up playing football and, to be fair, I have been kept busy doing lots of things in the gym and doing double sessions near enough every day. It has kept my mind off the injury.”