By Joel Lampkin
James Wallace feels he now has to live up to the words of manager Micky Mellon after being labelled as one of the top players in the division.
The Tranmere Rovers midfielder has endured a torrid 10 months of setbacks, but is now edging close to a full return to the first-team squad after taking part in recent training sessions.
With a lot of admiration from Mellon, Wallace is now relishing getting back to what he does best and putting his injury problems in the past.
He said: “It is a nice compliment, yeah, it is a nice compliment, I just have to get out there and prove it. I have had some of my career taken away with unfortunate injuries and thats through no fault of anything just bad luck really.
“I just need to get back on the pitch and prove I am the best player in the League if the gaffa is saying that.”
However, the former Rovers captain remains focussed on the team aspect of the game and declares that he would like nothing better than to see his side in the Football League next season.
With The Super Whites needing a strong finish in the final run in towards the playoffs, Wallace has experienced the heartbreak of missing out last season and will not want a repeat.
He said: “Regardless of if I do play, if I don’t play until the end of the season and Tranmere go up – brilliant – I don’t care, that is the only aim, so just promotion, that is it, that is all that matters.
“It is not an individual game, it is about the club, so that is all that matters – that the club goes up.”
Despite being on the verge of a return, Wallace understands he will face a fight to force his way into the starting XI with Rovers stocked high in the midfield department.
He declared: “It is going to be hard to take someone’s place so you just have to be ready and right for the opportunity when it arises, when it comes I will have to take it.”