Kallum Griffiths has confessed he might have needed a “little kick up the backside” after being left out of two York City matchday squads, report York Press.
The 28-year-old right back is the current Press Player of the Year leader and had just jointly won our Player of the Month award for September when he failed to make the starting line-up or even the bench during back-to-back matches against St Ives Town and Southport after looking jaded in October’s first contest – the 2-2 draw at Nuneaton.
City chief Sam Collins explained at the time that he felt Griffiths needed a rest and the former Spennymoor defender also admitted that the effects of an injury that saw him miss the opening weeks of pre-season training might have caught up with him.
But Griffiths, who was recalled to the first XI for Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup win over Blyth, went on to stress that watching two games from the stands, while 17-year-old hopeful Nathan Dyer operated in his place as a wing-back, reminded him of the standards required to keep your place at a club with 23 professionals on the books.
He said: “Everyone is champing at the bit and fighting for a position here and the manager isn’t afraid to drop people so, when lads get a chance, they are playing their heart out to keep the shirt. Nobody’s guaranteed a starting place in this team, which is a big factor on performances because, when you get a shirt, you’ve got to try and keep it, so it felt brilliant to be back in the team and I thought I did alright.
“I might have needed a little rest and maybe a little kick up the backside and, while you never like to miss a game, when I think about how many there are over a full season, maybe a little rest was the right decision and it did me some good, because I came back raring to go and feeling fresh.”
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