Robbie Brady is looking firmly forwards as he closes in on a Clarets comeback.
Brady’s first full Premier League season with Burnley was cruelly curtailed by injury four months in when he suffered a knee injury at Leicester City last December.
The Irish international had helped lay the foundations for a top-seven finish in a scintillating start to the campaign.
And after successfully recuperating from knee surgery the 26-year-old is now focused on getting back out where it matters.
“It’s been a tough seven months now,” said Brady after coming through the first three days of the Clarets’ training camp back in his native country where his popularity is evident at every turn.
“It’s been frustrating at times, but I’ve always kept my eye on getting back on the pitch and I’m just about there now.
“I’ve joined in a bit this week and I’m feeling really good.
“I was starting to really enjoy myself leading up to the injury but it’s one of those things and as soon as it happens you just have to get your head on getting back and concentrate on bigger things ahead. I’ve done that and I’m feeling really good.
“I’ve got a few more weeks before the season starts so I’ll be doing everything in my power to get myself in the best condition and hopefully I’ll be ready to go.”
Brady has put in the hard yards to work back towards full fitness and is not far off a playing return.
That may not come at Cork City on Friday night as boss Sean Dyche paces the wingman’s return.
But a comeback won’t be far away for Burnley’s former record buy.
And after seeing the Clarets record their best Premier League finish last season he is eager to play his part when it all starts again.
“It was a fantastic season,” Brady told Clarets Player HD. “Obviously, it’s frustrating sitting there not being able to affect the outcome of the games that followed after my injury.
“But the lads played excellent and I will be raring to go. This season is massive and it makes you appreciate how much football means to you and being involved around the lads, when you’re out for such a period.
“But, like I said, I’m just ready to get going now.
“It’s a long season, but you want to make the most of every game and make the most of the opportunity you get so if I can get myself right and get myself back playing hopefully I will have a bit more of a show this year.”