Mile Jedinak is thrilled to be back in action and says it’s now “pedal down” as he builds up to peak fitness levels for the rest of the season.
Jedinak made his long-awaited return against Blues in the Second City derby and impressed greatly during a 30-minute spell at St Andrew’s.
That followed on from a frustrating spell on the sidelines as he nursed a troublesome groin problem that had plagued him at the back end of the previous campaign too.
Jedinak added steel to the middle ground and Steve Bruce spoke highly of him post-match.
To come on and play was fantastic. I have been out a while so it was great to get out there again.
The influential central star spoke of his delight at being in the shirt again.
He said: “To come on and play was fantastic.
“I have been out a while so it was great to get out there again.
“I am now focused on staying fit and getting that sharpness moving up.
“I don’t know any other way than full throttle so for me it’s got to be pedal down and go for it now.
“Obviously it’s not nice when you’re not playing due to injury. You have to tell yourself – and remind yourself – that’s part and parcel of being a professional athlete.
“You don’t always get the rub of the green in terms of how you are physically but it’s something that every sportsman has to come to grips with.
“I’m no different. I enjoy the nitty gritty – that’s working hard on the training pitch. It’s also where you get to know people and build relationships.
"So that’s been quite tricky for me. But now I’m back and that’s the important thing now moving forward.”