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Hill ready to return

19 February 2013

Matt Hill is fit and raring to go after completing his first action since suffering a broken jaw at Oxford United at the beginning of January.

The experienced defender played the full game as United's U21s lost 3-1 against Leeds at Thorpe Arch on Monday and Hill, an unused substitute in all of the last three League One fixtures says he is desperate to regain his place in the team.

Hill is well aware he faces a real battle to get a starting jersey at the present time though, with United having kept two clean sheets in their last three matches, all of which they won.

He said: "I will just train hard and make sure I am ready when called upon by the Gaffer, it certainly helped getting a game under my belt for the U21s.

"I am delighted to see the lads winning and getting right back into contention, but it is always nicer when you are involved.

"It is only a good thing that the lads in possession of the shirt know they must perform to keep their position in the team.

"We have players on the bench and even those not in the matchday 18, who are itching to feature and contribute to all the success.

"We certainly have more depth in the squad now and that has been enhanced by the return to fitness of myself and Neill (Collins).

"Nick (Blackman) departed but we have managed to bring more players in and that has helped to make the squad stronger."

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