On Saturday Josh Watts made his return to football after stepping away from football for nearly a year and scored in Cheltenham Saracens’ 2-1 win over Wellington.
Former Gloucester City U18s man was part of the Cheltenham Saracens squad who claimed the Severn Sport Shield in pre-season 2019 before joining Hellenic Premier side Longlevens for the first half of the 2019/20.
Watts then took a break for personal reasons and he put his mental health first before making a winning return this weekend and the forward told Severn Sport that the break has helped him.
“It feels great to get back on the pitch,” Watts told us. “I’ve got a good group of lads around me to help me and also to push me along the way, which is also a bonus. I took time off last season but I’m buzzing to be back!
The break definitely helped me mentally because coming back to football is the only thing I had to think of. All I wanted to do was to be providing for the team and putting in a decent performances and obviously scoring as much as possible,” added Watts.
Watts had been at Cheltenham Saracens for a few seasons before making the step up to Longlevens, but after the break and taking time to think about where he wanted to be, the striker said he wanted to be back home with Saracens.
“Straight away I’ve got to say, being at Longlevens was a great experience for me and I hope they show everyone how good they can be, but being back home at Saracens is great and as said before I’ve got a great bunch of lads around me to help me through the season and help me thrive and hopefully I can do them proud this season,” said Watts.
After Saturday’s come from behind victory against Wellington, Saracens now find themselves on the road in the next games – with a trip to Bourton Rovers on Tuesday night being followed up to a trip to Wokingham & Emmbrook in the FA Vase next weekend but Watts believes the squad has the capabilities to achieve success this campaign.
“Obviously I want get on the scoresheet in the majority of games as a personal objective as I always try to get as many goals and assists as possible.
But as a team I genuinely think that we can push for the league and promotion. We have a very strong squad this year and we all have the ability to achieve great things as a group,” Watts added.