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Dover Athletic midfielder Liam Bellamy hoping to finish season strongly after recovering from hand surgery

Liam Bellamy led the line after coming on as second-half substitute to replace striker Stefan Payne at Eastleigh on Saturday.

Not that the midfielder was going to complain about playing out of position – he last took on a forward’s role as a 16-year-old – he’s just happy to be back on the pitch.

It was the first time the 23-year-old Londoner had made an appearance since breaking two bones in his hand during the FA Trophy third round clash at Woking on January 24.

He originally expected to be out for four weeks but he needed surgery and that left Bellamy frustrated on the sidelines.

Liam Bellamy is delighted to be back in the Dover squad after injury
Liam Bellamy is delighted to be back in the Dover squad after injury

Now he’s back and Bellamy, who joined Whites from Ebbsfleet in the summer of 2013, said it felt great.

He said: “Being out for so long was terrible. There is nothing worse than being a footballer and not being able to do anything – I couldn’t train, go to the gym or do anything for weeks. I hated it.

“All I could do was sit and watch the lads and I am not a good spectator. I wanted to be out there playing because competition for places is tough at Dover.

“I am so happy to have got the all clear by the physio to get back into it and I am now hoping to help the lads finish the season strongly, even if it means playing out of position.

“I don’t mind where I play, as long as I am playing.”

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