Simon Wiles confident of Barrow return after injury

Simon Wiles
Injury limited Wiles to 10 appearances for Barrow last season

Simon Wiles is confident he can prove his fitness to Barrow joint-bosses Dave Bayliss and Darren Sheridan after a nine-month absence through injury.

The winger, 26, damaged cruciate knee ligaments in September's 2-0 defeat by Altrincham, an injury that prematurely ended his season at Holker Street.

"They know me as a player, it's whether the knee holds up," Wiles told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"I'm fully confident in it and really excited to get playing."

Wiles added: "I speak with Bayliss quite a bit and he's always asking how things are going on and whether I'm having any reactions, which I haven't.

"I've been doing my own mini pre-season to get myself prepared for what they're going to throw at me."

Wiles' injury during the 2010-11 season was the second major injury of his career, having suffered a previous set-back on the opposite knee while a player at Scottish side Dunfermline in November 2008.

"I'm going in there with all my injuries behind me, going with all the other players, doing my fitness work and then it's down to the football," the former Blackpool wideman added.

"I just hope I can get back to where I was at because my knee went at a crucial time for me and the club.

"I was devastated because previously to that I was out for 15 months with Dunfermline with a micro-fracture and it's hard to get back to the kind of form I was showing before then.

"I just want to crack on straight away and I'm fully confident that I can do that."

Wiles made 39 appearances for Blackpool, and was loaned out to Macclesfield prior to completing a permanent move to Dunfermline, for whom injury limited him to just 13 appearances.

Since moving to Holker Street in January 2010, the Preston-born player has scored four goals in 28 games, and was part of the Bluebirds' FA Trophy-winning side of 2010.

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