Peterborough United midfielder Harry Beautyman is ready to emerge from the most frustrating time of his career.
The 23 year-old has struggled with a thigh injury since the summer. It’s been such a pain he’s played just 75 minutes of competitive football this season - and that was out of position as a right-back in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Millwall on September 1.
Beautyman admits he’s struggled with the longest injury absence of his career, but he’s now excited about re-claiming a starting place in manager Graham Westley’s rejuvenated Posh team.
The former Welling player was an unused substitute in Posh’s agonising 3-2 League One defeat at Coventry last Saturday (October31).
“It’s been an unbelievably frustrating start to the season for me,” Beautyman admitted. “It’s been a nightmare if I’m honest. It’s been doing my head in to be sat in the treatement room while the other lads have been kicking a ball about outside.
“It’s been a difficult situation for me to deal with because I’ve never had a long-term injury before. That’s why I was probably too eager to make my comeback earlier in the season. Playing that one game probably set me back a bit.
“BUt I feel like I’m through the worst now. I feel good. I’ve worked hard in training and I’ve put the injury under plenty of stress to make sure it’s ready.
“It’s now up to me to put my head down and to impress the management staff so I can get back into the side.
“The club is a totally different place now compared to the start of the season. There’s a real buzz about the training ground.
“The team is playing exciting, attacking football which should suit me. I also enjoy the midfield diamond formation we’ve been using. I’ve played pretty much in every position in the diamond, but I’d hope to be able to use my strength of getting into the opposition penalty area if I get picked again.
“I need to get some minutes under my belt first though.”
Beautyman’s attentions turn to the FA Cup on Saturday (November 7) when Posh travel to League OPne rivals Burton Albion for a tough first round tie. He confirmed the club are keen on travelling far in the competition this season.
“It will be a hard game, but we are confident,” Beautyman added. “We always look like we are going to score so if we can just cut out the silly mistakes we can win. We are determined to make the next round and get on a good run in the biggest cup competition in the country.”
Beautyman moved to Posh from National League side Welling for a nominal fee last November. He’s made 19 appearances (15 starts) and scored twice.