Moroka Swallows striker Shaun Permall is close to ending his injury nightmare and is relishing the opportunity to prove his worth in the Castle Premiership this season.
The former South African U-23 forward has been sidelined with a knee injury which limited his appearnces for the Birds last season.
Permall tried to play on through the pain but eventually he was forced to take a break from the game.
"I had been having injections every week to help the pain, but towards the end of last season I just couldn't cope any more as the medication was starting to make me sick," he told SASoccer365.
Permall has only got one year left on his current contract with the club and he knows he needs to produce the goods if he is to extend his stay at the Rand Stadium.
"I need to impress people this season so I can extend my contract and will not be forced to sign for just any team who want me if Swallows decide to terminate my stay with them," he said.
The Capetonian was one of the league's most promising players a couple of years ago, and he is hoping to recapture the form that prompted Kaizer Chiefs to splash the cash for him in days gone by.
"I want to get ahead in the new season and to return to my old ways. With Mbesuma gone, I want to be one of the best strikers in the PSL," added the player.
Permall has been boosted by the latest news regarding his injury and he hopes to be back in training by Septemeber, sooner than expected.
"I am feeling much better, I went for a test last week and it was confirmed that my latest operation was successful," he declared.
"Although the doctor has said that I can return to training at the beginning of September, I am already feeling strong and hope to return even earlier than that."