Iron defender Marcus Williams is feeling fine as recovers from a summer hernia operation.The former Sheffield United man struggled through the final month of last season before undergoing surgery two months ago.
He returned for training on the opening day of pre-season and is pleased with how it's going.
"I was struggling towards the final month of last season," he explained to The Iron Player.
"I went to see a specialist and found out it was a hernia.
"So I went to have a hernia operation and things are okay now.
"The operation went well, and I took time out with my missus and the family just to rest and recover away.
"I'm now back and there doesn't seem to be any problem so fingers crossed it stays like that.
"Everything is good at the minute.
"I haven't really thought about the first friendly yet, with the operation my first focus was on trying to get fit.
"Hopefully there are no implications from the injury.
"At the minute, everything is going okay. I'm taking the running in my stride and everything feels good."
Whether Williams is involved in the opening game of pre-season at Bottesford on Wednesday night remains to be seen.
"The plan is to just take each game as it comes really," he continued.
"I speak for all the boys when I say fitness is going to be key this season, so we're working hard on that side of things at the minute.
"The games will come thick and fast, that's for sure."
Meanwhile, Williams is excited about the prospect of playing in Leaague One next season - and believes United are more than equipped to be successful again this term.
"I know all about playing in League One and there isn't really that much of a step-up," he continued.
"Teams will hurt us if we give them a chance.
"We know what was wrong from our side in terms of letting goals in, and we have hopefully rectified that with the summer additions.
"There is competition for all the players on the pitch now. There isn't a great deal of difference and we don't want to be scrapping in the bottom half of the table. We want to give it a right good go.
"I don't think there is anything to fear to be honest.
"There is nothing to be scared of.
"The manager made his signings quickly and it gives us competition for places.
"We have a strong squad and if the worst comes to the worst and we get suspensions or injuries, we have players to fall back on.
"The manager has a headache of the positive kind now, but the squad is strong."
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