BOWERS & Pitsea midfielder Jamie Salmon says he felt he had unfinished business at the club after returning to help the club’s play-off tilt.
The 27-year-old had been playing for Saffron Walden Town in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division for three months, having joined the club from Bowers after he fell out of favour having sustained a calf injury.
But Salmon is now back in the fold and, having enjoyed Essex Senior League, Senior League Cup final and the club’s fine run to the FA Vase semi-final last year, he wants to taste more success this campaign.
“I started the season at Bowers but picked up a calf injury and that was worse than I thought,” he said. “I tore the right calf and was out for six weeks and that was when the boys were unbeaten in about 10 games.
“I couldn’t get back into the team and that was fair enough.
“I wanted to play and (former Bowers assistant manager) Jason Maher was at Saffron Walden and he offered me a chance and I took it.
“I was over there about three months and I played 90 minutes every week and I was enjoying it and was playing well.
“There was no plan to come back but just to see where I was. I didn’t expect to come back to be honest but (manager) Rob (Small) rang me before the Maldon & Tiptree game and he asked me to go back.
“I have been with Smallsy since he started at Bowers and, having helped get them into this league I wanted to help them get that play-off place.”
Even Salmon, who will bid to help Bowers down Waltham Abbey in the Ryman North tomorrow, is surprised at how well the team is doing following their promotion from the Essex Senior League last term.
And he is not underestimating the challenge of Abbey.
“I am slightly surprised,” he said. “We have got some good players but I would never have thought we would be up this end of the table. We believe in ourselves and have never wanted to be a mid-table team.
“It will be tough. They knocked us out of the FA Cup but we beat them in the league. They are fighting for it now but we have some good form at home and need to carry that on.”