Myles Anderson has insisted he is ready to give everything for the cause during the National League run-in after returning to Pools following a loan spell at Aldershot Town.
The whole-hearted defender spent a month at The EBB Stadium during which he was able to get some minutes under his belt and improve his match fitness.
His return to The Vic came at a crucial time for Pools too, with fellow centre-backs Fraser Kerr and Michael Raynes struck down by injury which allowed Anderson a route back in to the team.
The 30-year-old made his second Pools start of the season during the 1-1 draw at Dover Athletic on Saturday and has admitted it felt good to be back in a blue and white shirt.
“I didn’t really want to leave because this is my Club and this is where I have my connections with my teammates and the fans – I have been here eighteen months now and I love being here,” he told Pools TV.
“But, of course, I have to listen to the advice that I am given from the coaching staff and the Manager.
“They told me that, through no fault of my own on the back of a couple of injuries, I wasn’t going to be able to go straight back in to the team.
“It was imperative for me to go and get some game time or at least be in and around a First Team environment.
“I was able to do that at Aldershot but, in my head, I was always looking to come back and I think that was the plan for me. I am back now and looking to give everything for my teammates and the Club.
“It was unfortunate that both Raynesy and Fraser picked up their injuries and I am really sorry for that.
“From my point of view, I had to make sure that I am as professional as I can be and keep myself fit and as focused as possible so that when an opportunity did arise I was ready to take it.
“Hopefully I did that to the best of my ability on Saturday.”
Despite the disappointment of conceding an injury-time equaliser at Dover, the point picked up helped lift Pools back in to the top half of the National League table.
And while Anderson knows time is running out for Pools to drive themselves in to play-off contention, he is adamant there is still a belief inside the camp that they can get there.
“We always have to be positive and keep looking up, which we are.
“We have 16 games left for us to go on and run and you never know what can happen; it is going to be hard but everyone is fighting for it and we’re still in with a shout.
“We have to keep going between now and the end of the season and just give it our all.”