Writer: Mikey Delap
Date:Thursday April 16 2009
Vinny Grella admits he still "owes" Blackburn Rovers as reflects on the hardest season he has ever had.
The Aussie and Sasman's second best mate is desperate to crack on after having a stop start campaign.
No-one doubts that Grella is a strong, well drilled and talented midfielder but every time he looks like he is going to be the top draw £4 million player we paid for - he gets an injury.
However, things are turning a corner.
He played all 90 minutes in the Rovers reserves comfortable 3-0 win at home to Middlesbrough on Tuesday. Sam was there keeping an eye on things.
Grella, speaking to Rovers.co.uk, said - "It has been one of those seasons where every time I start, I have to start all over again. I am feeling good, I am positive and hopefully should be ready for the game against Stoke.
"I still have six games where I want to be able to make my contribution whether it big or small for Blackburn. I feel I have a small debt to repay and I think in these games I can show what I am about.
"This has been one of the hardest seasons I have ever had. The expectation on me has been high but that comes with football."
Grella has remained positive throughout the campaign despite all the setbacks.
"I have had strong support once again from the club, It has been frustrating but I have to be positive. Things happen in football and that is part of the profession.' he said.
"I think in the pre-season I need to sort that physical problem out and start again.
It is no benefit for me to do to many looking to things with a microscope.
"It can become a bit of a mental thing. I don`t need that. I need to get out on the pitch and feel good and feel happy. I want to go out there and enjoy it, play the way I know I can play and I think everyone will be happy."
Rovers travel to fellow strugglers Stoke on Saturday just four points away from the drop zone, with Grella hoping to have an impact and turn the tide after last weeks 4-0 demolition by Liverpool.
Vinny continued - "I am looking forward to it and I hope to be able to put my hand when I am called upon. Every game is a big game. Every game has its own story. Hopefully after the poor result against Liverpool, the players bounce back and we get a good result against Stoke. We are better than what was seen at Liverpool. It is never good to lose and it is never good to lose by four goals.
"I think the players of Blackburn have a bit of a personal pride and that would have touched their pride. They are all proud players and they would want to be walking with their chest out and head held up high.
"So I think it will be a great game against Stoke."
Date:Thursday April 16 2009
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