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Redfern targeting Championship goals as Hamilton ace returns from injury

By David Robson

Marley Redfern is determined to help Accies kick on for the rest of the season as he looks to get on the scoring charts following his recent return from his injury. 

The 19-year-old has revealed that his time on the sidelines gave him the opportunity to improve his physicality despite not training due to a hamstring issue

He said: “Obviously I was out with hamstring for maybe three or four weeks so we’ve been working closely with the gaffer and the sports scientist team as well. I’ve not been able to do my running and training and that through the injury so I’ve been training the other side – things like my upper body and stuff – trying to get bigger. 

“I’m still young but I can obviously improve so we’ve been focusing and working on that side of things.

“It’s just been specific programmes with the sports scientists, and I’ve been in pretty much every day doing it up until the last day or two when I’ve been back in training and in with the lads, but it’s been specific programmes to try and improve my upper body.”

Redfern is delighted that he’s played such a huge role in the first-team this season after breaking into the team at the end of last season.

He said: “This is my first year playing at this level – last year I was in on my own and obviously with the circumstances with fighting relegation last year I wasn’t really involved in it. But this year has been brilliant, and I think I’ve played 27 or 26 games this year so it’s been a lot, but it’s been really good for my development. 

“I was always looking to the future and onto the next year, but this year has been massive for me so far and hopefully will be until the end of the season. I hope myself and the rest of the team push as much as we can, but it’s definitely been a massive season and will be for the rest of it.”

The winger has yet to find the net for Accies but Redfern insists while he has been working on getting on the charts, it’s the team that comes first. 

He said: “It’s the thing we’ve been looking at. We’ve been setting targets to try and boost my numbers up and we’re working on that with the analysis teams as well so everything has been closely worked on and we’re looking to try and improve that.”

“Now that I’m back I’ll hopefully help the team and it’s good for me to try and get more goals, but the main thing is trying to help the team out with it and if I can score and make assists then it helps the boys and hopefully we can push up the table as much as possible.”

A familiar face returns to New Douglas Park on Saturday as Dougie Imrie’s in-form Morton side travel to lanarkshire. 

Redfern heaped praise on his former coach as he revealed the influence the ex-Accies captain had on his career as a youngster. 

He said: “Yeah Dougie was with me for a good two-and-a-half years between when I was 15 up until 17 so he was really good for me in my development phase, so it’ll be weird to see him on the other side as well. It’ll be a different experience playing against him.

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