Joe Edwards: 'Fans Support Means Everything to Me'

As he continues to recover from a ruptured ACL by taking part in rigorous training sessions at St George's Park, Walsall vice-captain Joe Edwards has spoken to club journalists and praised the club's fans for giving him plenty of support during his lengthy injury lay-off.
27-year-old Edwards, who suffered the injury during February's League One defeat to Blackburn Rovers, admitted that he has found it difficult to sit and watch as his teammates prepare for the upcoming campaign, but has received plenty of motivation from the Saddlers faithful.

Speaking via the club's official website - - Joe said; "I don’t think they realise how much their support means to me. It means everything really because they’re on your side and they want you back as quickly as possible.

"That really helps me. You’ve got your friends and family who can help, and then you’ve got people you don’t even know who are rooting for you. It’s really nice. It gives you that added motivation to do every set and exercise you’re given and try to come back better than you were before."

Joe then went on to admit that it's difficult to sit on the sidelines as he teammates continue to prepare for the upcoming League One campaign, he said; "It’s frustrating. The off-season wasn’t as bad because all the boys were off on holiday and there were no games going on.

"But watching the World Cup and seeing the boys in training and going to play pre-season games, it’s hard. It’s probably the hardest time I’ve had. But being around friends and family, and getting the support I’ve had from the fans, really helps. I’m being positive in myself and I keep working hard to achieve what I want to achieve."

Edwards, who made thirty-four appearances before suffering his injury against Blackburn Rovers, insisted that his rehabilitation is going well and is confident that he'll be back in no time, he continued; "It’s progressing really well so far. It’s not an injury where you can be ahead of schedule as such. But I’ve reacted well to the treatment and it’s gone as well as possible. We’re really happy with it.

"It’s a matter of maintaining that and keep building up my strength in my legs to keep stability in my knee. Hopefully everything continues to go to plan and I’ll be back in no time."

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