New re-signing Josh Berrios says he’s confident of success ahead of the 2015 football season, which unofficially kicks off this Friday with the FFV Community Shield, as the midfielder returns from a horrific knee injury that ruled him for all of last year.
Speaking to melbourneknights.com.au ahead of the season curtain-raiser, Berrios also said he was thrilled to be back training with the squad after a “depressing” period of watching from the sidelines.
“Well I’m happy [about re-signing],” Berrios said.
“I’ve been playing here all my life as a junior, so it’s great to be back with the boys to be playing here after a year off. It gets depressing watching the boys – I’m just happy to be back, man.”
After a solid season in Andrew Marth’s first XI back in 2013, Berrios hyper-extended his knee in a practice game at the end of the season, which require a complete knee reconstruction.
But after 12 months away from regular football, the midfielder says he’s feeling good.
“I had a year off – pretty much just taking it easy: gym and ball work. Towards the end of the year I started training and dropping weight. Now I’m just training as hard as I can to get back on the field.
“I’ve found it alright (getting back to training) because I’ve been training fairly hard at the start before I came to pre-season. But it’s just more mental at the moment, like with the ball – I just need to get my touch back and (improve) the movement off the ball, I guess.”
The former Knights junior also believes that 2015 will be a successful year for the boys in red, white and blue.
“It’s a big season ahead – I reckon we have a good team and I reckon we could actually go far with this,” Berrios said.
“We’ve just got to stick together and keep playing hard, man. Hopefully I get a good season like 2013.
“One of my goals is to be back to the starting XI and be top two in the league.”
Berrios and his teammates kick off their first competitive game of the year when the Club faces South Melbourne for the inaugural FFV Community Shield, supporting One Goal, with kick off at 7PM from Knights Stadium.