By KEVIN CRAIGENS
SEAN TAGGART was in pieces after his ankle was left in bits.
The midfielder makes no bones about how he felt after suffering the injury while playing for Lanark a year ago.
But 12 months on he reckons joining Newmains has helped heal his confidence and belief as he continues to work his way back to full fitness.
Reflecting on the horror moment when he hit the deck against Bellshill and the weeks and months since, Taggart said: “When the incident happened at first they took my boot off and they didn’t think my ankle was broken.
“But when I got to the side we could see the break so I was sent straight to hospital. After that I had my cast on for about ten days then had a boot on.
“I didn’t get any treatment after that but I recovered really quickly. At the same time, though, I didn’t really recover quickly for football.
“I went back to football and was getting a lot of pains from my ankle, more so up through my heel.
“So I decided to stop playing football as I didn’t see it getting any better. I went back once I started making some progress. That was in September but I was only training and not playing.”
Taggart has since had some action for Newmains – and he’s determined to repay co-bosses Paul Davies and Craig Gupwell for the faith and patience they have shown in him.
He said: “I think both Paul and Guppy are great guys and they have welcomed me into the club, as have all the boys to be fair.
“They knew I hadn’t played much since last March with my first proper game being my first game with Newmains.
“They understood my fitness and match sharpness will get better week by week. They’re straight shooters and they let you know what they expect of you from the get go.
“That’s a good thing and I think it’s very important for the club as a whole. The management are expecting me to give my all and give everything to the shirt and the club and to not leave anything to chance.”
United saw a second game in succession fail to beat the weather on the weekend when their home clash against Thorniewood was called off with Victoria Park waterlogged.
They’ll hope to resume with a game at home to St Anthony’s this Saturday (kick-off 2pm).
Taggart is hoping for more action between now and the end of the season.
He added: “As the season goes on and my fitness picks up I will hopefully change as a player I suppose.
“I’m always quite wholehearted and I like a tackle. Just now I’m maybe just a half yard off the pace with my fitness which will come.
“With the more games that come I will hopefully settle into that central defensive midfield role.”