Herbert considering options after recovery from long injury lay-off

Macaulay Herbert admits he is going to be considering his options before deciding where he will be playing for the 2022/23 season, with options aplenty for the highly-rated central defender.

Herbert, 27, has been in the Tuffley Rovers First Team since the age of 16 but after spending most of the season on the sidelines due to a shoulder injury, he has spoken to Severn Sport about the new campaign and admits he has had a few offers to try and tempt him away from Glevum Park.

“I’ve had a few managers message me, so there are a few options to think about to be honest,” Herbert said.

“It’s tough because I have been out for a long time, so I need to come back and train as much as possible to see where I am at [physically].

However I still believe I can step up into the Southern League, but it’s all about timing – which is what I’ve always said. We will see how it goes,” added the defender.

Herbert was made Captain by former Rovers manager Rich Cox during the Covid-hit seasons, having been Vice-Captain to Warren Mann and Mark Pritchett previously, but following an innocuous incident at Flackwell Heath in the FA Cup in August 2021, Herbert spent the rest of the season watching his side whilst waiting for two different shoulder operations.

However, Herbert was able to train and take part in warm ups with his teammates towards the latter end of the 2021/22 campaign and was even named as substitute on a handful of occasions, although it was as a “unless absolutely necessary” inclusion – although Herbert says the operations he had were successful.

“I’ve healed up nicely, both operations were successful and now I’m fully healed!” Herbert stated.

“I’m feeling stronger after rehab and that is very encouraging. I’m ready to go again and make up for lost time,” added Herbert.

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Speaking to Severn Sport, Herbert has told us that in a bid to make sure he is match fit for the season he has been training with Neil Mustoe’s Tuffley Rovers side and has also joined his former centre back partner Joel White as he gets ready for his first season as Co-Manager of Brockworth Albion in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League.

The interest in Herbert though seems to not only be from Brockworth and Tuffley though, with Hellenic League (Premier and Division One) side and an unnamed Southern League side vying for the defender’s services for the new campaign.

In previous interviews with Severn Sport, Herbert has expressed his desire to win silverware and ultimately test himself at a higher level and the defender admits he just wants to enjoy football again – and add goals to his game.

“As always, I want to be competitive and try to go on a good cup run. Other than that, it’s just to enjoy it again after a big injury like this.

Also, I want to chip in with more goals!” Herbert added.

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