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Fulton determined to make up for lost time after injury hell

By David Robson

The Accies ‘keeper was out of action for four months after suffering with an appendix issue. However, returned in our last home match against Inverness CT.

Fulton admits it’s been a difficult season for him but is delighted to be back on the pitch and competing for his spot. 

He said: “It’s just nice to get back and playing again. I had a couple of injuries there but it’s great to get back on the pitch and fighting for my place. 

“There’s nothing I could do about the appendix obviously, and it was a bit of a shock to the system.

“It’s frustrating of course but I’ve come out on the other side now and it’s all about trying to stay fit for as long as I can. Hopefully that’s the injuries away now so I can finish the season stronger and keep on going in seasons to come.

“It did come as a shock to me as I never had injuries or anything when I was young but then suddenly I’m picking up one after another, so it’s been very tough. I’d say I’ve learned how to deal with things like that mentally and I believe can come back from anything though. I try to look at the positives of it all.

“With my appendix, it’s one of the last things I expected to happen but yeah, I’m over that now so it’s just good to get back.”

Fulton believes competition is healthy and insists he’s ready to claim the number one spot. 

But while he won’t give up his chance easily, himself and Joe Hilton are still working well together and know they are in the same team. 

He said: “I think it’s really good and it’s what you want. You want competition and you want to be on your toes all the time and it’s a shame what happened to big Joe with his injury, but I was glad to get my chance, don’t get me wrong. 

“But Joe will be back soon, so he’ll be back fighting for his place as well. We all get on and we all have the same goal and it’s healthy – it’s what we need.

“It’s obviously frustrating when you can’t play but you’re over there to support the lads. We’ve all got the same aim whether it’s playing or on the bench or when you’re injured. It’s about fighting for each other and as a group we want to give everything the best shot we can and help one another to do that.”

Accies fell short in Fulton’s last game against Kilmarnock. The goalkeeper believes his side will make up for the disappointment and looks to finish the season on a high. 

He said: “I think we just had a bad day at the office We just need to regroup again, which we have done this week in training. It’s just about getting ready for Dunfermline and put it right.”

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