Adam Roscrow has battled back from a difficult start to his professional career at AFC Wimbledon and he’s determined to take his big opportunity.
After signing his first pro deal at the age of 24, the former Cardiff Met striker made a promising start here, before a thigh injury derailed his progress.
Roscrow said that support from the fans, staff, and players has helped him come through a tough time.
“The fans have been great with me since I came here. I’ve seen fans around the ground on match days and they’ve always been very encouraging, asking me when I’m coming back, so that’s been pleasing.
“All the boys have been very encouraging, they’ve been asking me when I am getting back out there. The injury came at a bad time as I’d got on the pitch as a sub a few times. I was starting to find my feet, but then all of a sudden I had a setback. It’s almost been like starting again. It’s always tough when you get injured during the season when the boys are fit and flying. In pre-season everyone gets their fitness levels up at the same time, but at this stage you’ve just got to find your fitness quicker than in pre-season.
“With Wimbledon, not everything is done the easy way. We are trying to grind out results at the moment and we’ve got ourselves out of a really tough spell. I’m just looking forward to being a part of the team, especially over Christmas when the games come thick and fast. Hopefully, we get more points on the board and drag ourselves up the table.”
With Kwesi Appiah ruled out through injury, Adam could play a significant role during the busy spell coming up and he’s eager to take his opportunity.
“First of all, I’d just like to say to Kwesi that I hope you are back soon. He was one of those players who was really good to me while I was injured. The flip side of it is that it does give me an opportunity. It’s not the way you want it, through someone else’s misfortune, but hopefully I can get my fitness levels up more, try to get on the pitch more, and hopefully get a couple of goals.
“Nick (Daws) coming in has been a little bit different. The training has gone up a notch again and it’s been good this week, it’s been enjoyable. If you can be anywhere near Marcus in training, especially when we do finishing, then you will be doing all right! Fingers-crossed, I will be in the squad for Saturday and I’m really looking forward to it.”
“I’ve obviously had a couple of months out so it’s been good to get back into it in the last few weeks. It was tough and a bit boring. It can get a bit lonely at times when you are in that gym on your own. My quad was getting more painful and it got to the point when I couldn’t quite train. There was obviously something wrong and I had a scan. I was told initially four to six weeks, but something else went wrong and added another couple of weeks to it.
“As soon as I spoke to Dougy and I told him that my quad didn’t feel right he made sure that I had a scan. Dougy and his team looked after me and they let me go home for a couple of days when I couldn’t really do too much. When it wasn’t feeling right Dougy straight away said that I should go for a scan so that we could check exactly what was going on. I am really grateful to him, Dan, and Katy for getting me through it.”