Vokins happy to return to Ross County squad
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Jake Vokins only had a small taste of what it was like to play for Ross County before getting injured.
Despite signing for the Staggies on a season long loan in July, the Southampton full back only featured twice in the League Cup group stages before being forced on to the sidelines for an extended period.
The international break has come at a bad time for the 21-year-old, though, as he finally made it back into the squad for last weekend’s trip to Rangers.
He would have been hoping to capitalise on his return to fitness in the coming weeks, but that was at least a nice boost for him to get back in contention before the break.
“I played against Brora, and I played against Montrose at home, so that was good,” Vokins explained.
“Obviously the fans were back a little bit there too, so playing games was nice.
“I was really looking forward to the start of the league campaign.
“Rangers was my first time back in the squad, so I’ve been working hard in training and trying to catch the gaffer’s eye.
“Being part of the squad and being around him was good, I enjoyed it.”
Vokins has been building up his fitness levels in training in recent weeks.
So with no matches over the next two weekends giving him the chance to fine tune any lingering issues, Vokins is keen to make an impact sooner rather than later.
“It definitely feels good to be back in and around the team and back into training now,” Vokins said.
“I definitely missed being around the boys, but in terms of my recovery and rehab there were a little bit better facilities down in Southampton.
“We thought that would aid my recovery to come back here fitter and stronger, but it was definitely tough.
“It’s always bad getting injured, but especially right before the start of the league season – I was raring to go and looking forward to playing.
“Everything happens for a reason, and it was disappointing, but I’m back now and I’m raring to go.
“I’ve been watching every game, seeing how the boys are doing and adapting to how Ross County play.
“Now I have a couple more weeks of training, so I can work on fitness before going again. Even when I was back at Southampton I was doing fitness work, so I would say I’m at 100 per cent.”