Blyth Spartans’ Jordan Watson is enjoying his loan spell at Sunderland RCA and says he is “definitely improving” as he nears a full recovery from a third anterior cruciate ligament injury, report the club’s website.

The defender featured briefly in Blyth’s pre-season schedule, however, joined the Northern League Division One club on loan early last month in order to step up his recovery and begin playing competitive football again following NINE months out.

Naturally, it has been a long and hard rehab process for Watson, requiring a lot of mental toughness to battle a third ACL injury – which he picked up at Curzon Ashton last September – however, he believes he’s “definitely improving” and is keeping in frequent contact with manager Alun Armstrong.

“The first few sessions were definitely the hardest but once I played again, it’s [the injury] completely out of my head now,” said Watson, speaking after RCA’s 5-0 derby win over Seaham Red Star on Tuesday evening.

“I’m definitely improving. I can last 90 minutes finally so I’m glad I came here. It’s a great set up – I’ve got a lot a game time at left-back, and I pushed up to left wing towards the end tonight – that’s better for me as I can get a bit more running in and improve my match fitness.”

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