Adam Jackson is determined to play as many games as possible between now and the end of the season as he looks to put his injury problems behind him.
The central defender has been a regular in matchday squads again as the campaign draws to a close.
He said: "The body feels as good as it has done, and I feel pretty close now to how I did at the end of pre-season.
“I felt like I came into the season in good shape and I was looking forward to playing as many games as I ever had, but the two head injuries put a stop to that. The concussion was a big six-weeker, but I’ve had a couple after that where it’s been four or five days or a couple of weeks and that frustrates you. You wonder why you can’t get a run where you’re fit,” he adds.
With nine games to go, Jackson says confidence is high in the squad following wins over Sheffield Wednesday and AFC Wimbledon.
He added: “The mood is good. Apart from a few exceptions performances have been good home and away, but there’s been several times where we’ve played well but not got the right result, so we know we’re doing something right.
“We just know if we get the right bit of luck and a little timing, we’ll get a few more results towards the end of the season. We know no matter how the game is going the fans are singing until the end and cheering us on.
“They have more than played their part all season, we’ve just got to try and back it up with a performance for them so they can get behind us even more.”
Adam is the feature interview in the matchday programme for the visit of Sunderland on Saturday. The programme is available from sellers around the stadium as well as from the ticket office, with fans able to pay by cash or card. If you cannot get to the match then order your copy online now.