David Vaughan

Vaughan's fitness focus

by Stuart Vose

Midfielder ready for hard work ahead.

David Vaughan is tasking himself with a mini pre-season as he looks to return to first-team duty.

The Welsh international missed much of the build-up to the new campaign with a stomach injury but is now back in training.

Vaughan featured for the under-21s against Tottenham last week as he eased back into match action.

Now the onus is on further fitness work with a senior return hopefully not too far away.

“It went well and it was nice to get back on the pitch and get some minutes under my belt,” Vaughan told safc.com.

“It was a frustrating pre-season for me but now hopefully I can get back involved with the first team sooner rather than later.

“The injury came at a bad time, really – the timing couldn’t have been any worse.

“I had an operation and I’m just pleased to get it sorted.

“I’ll try to do a mini pre-season to catch up fitness-wise. Then I have to impress the manager and the coaching staff.

“I’m trying to settle back into things and then I can really push on.”

Tottenham’s Spurs Lodge training ground was the venue for Vaughan’s comeback as he completed an hour-long run-out last weekend.

And the former Blackpool man drew plenty of positives from what he says was a highly competitive encounter.

“It was just to see how I felt and an hour was probably enough for me,” Vaughan explained.

“I didn’t want to push things too much further. It was good to get those minutes in and hopefully I can play a bit more in the next game.

“It was a good standard. Tottenham have some good young players and they tested us.

“Our young lads did well. It was a fair result in the end and a good game to play in.”