Danny Wright: 'I couldn't have asked for a better return'

Goal celebrations for Danny Wright of Torquay United

Goal celebrations for Danny Wright during the match between Torquay United and Woking at Plainmoor on Good Friday. - Credit: Dave Crawford/PPAUK

Fit-again leading scorer Danny Wright says he feels 'refreshed and ready' to lead promotion-chasing Torquay United's attack over what promises to be an exciting run-in to the National League season.

The Gulls' veteran centre-forward ended just over three months out after hamstring surgery by rising off the subs' bench to score his ninth goal of the campaign against Woking (1-0) at Plainmoor on Good Friday.

It was his 150th goal of a nine-club career.

Torquay United manager Gary Johnson hugs goal scorer Danny Wright.

Torquay United manager Gary Johnson hugs goal scorer Danny Wright. - Credit: Dave Crawford/PPAUK

Wright, 36, then lasted more than an hour of an even more important stoppage-time victory (1-0) at Wrexham, one of his former clubs, on Easter Monday.

"I probably need a bit more match-fitness and sharpness, but I feel as good as new," said Wright.  "I wouldn't play if I was holding back.

"I also had six-to-eight weeks of good gym work before running again and, although you never know what the future holds, I feel in a fitter and stronger place than before the injury.

"I couldn't have asked for a better return than to score against Woking.

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"I feel refreshed and ready to attack the rest of the season, and I think we're into a good place to give it a real good go."

It was Wright's hamstring tear, soon after he scored in the 6-1 Boxing Day win over Yeovil Town, that began a series of squad injuries which saw United fall from the top of the table to third place.

But four wins in five games have cut the gap to leaders Sutton United to six points and, after Weymouth at home this Saturday, Torquay face a key trip to Sutton next Tuesday night.

The Gulls also hope to have two more injured players, defender Kyle Cameron and winger Ben Whitfield, back in the next couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, Government Covid restriction-easing plans could still see fans return to Plainmor before the end of the season.

As things stand, a limited crowd of around 2,000 should be allowed in for the last home league game against Barnet on May 22 and, if needed, for the play-offs in early June.