Ryan Fulton has had a hard time of things with injury – but now the Hamilton Accies keeper is hoping to repay his club for their faith in him.
The keeper was on top form at the weekend as his side secured an impressive 1-0 win over Motherwell at Fir Park in the Lanarkshire derby. After a tough start to the season, it was a great way for the South Lanarkshire side to earn their first win of the campaign.
Fulton had to be on his toes throughout, making numerous saves from David Turnbull and commanding his area well. It’ll do his confidence the world of good after several years struggling with injury.
For four years has the goalkeeper put up with a tendon joint problem, Accies backing him throughout this spell with injury. Now claiming the number one shirt in Brian Rice’s team, he’s hoping to make up for lost time.
“We always dig deep and find a way to break team’s down,” said Fulton. “You know David Turnbull is going to shoot from anywhere but my job is to keep the ball out the net. We did that and a lot of praise to the lads in front. We defended well and I think we deserved more goals. But we got the win.
“It’s massive, just playing and getting back out here is great for me. The clean sheet is nice but for me I’m delighted to stay fit. It’s a strange one, I’ve had this problem (tendon joint) for the last four years now but it’s now fully fixed and I’m back playing. It was actually a relief to have the surgery to get repaired properly.
“I wasn’t so much worrying; I was just waiting for it to go to that next level where it completely ruptured. I knew it was going to be surgically repaired which is the main thing. I try and look at the positives of everything. That was the big thing for me, I wasn’t worrying about it rupturing again, I could just focus on my game.
“On and off I was getting niggles here and there because I was over-compensating. We played Dundee last April and it completely went. But the club have been great, got me the best rehab and best surgeon. They’ve stuck by me and supported me, they have did everything for me and I couldn’t me more thankful. I now want to repay them on the pitch.”