Jamie Proctor happy to be ‘feeling like a footballer again’

For most players the aches and pains after the game can be an annoyance, but not for Jamie Proctor.

The 26-year-old made his comeback from a serious knee injury against Wigan in the Carabao Cup and it could not have gone any better after his double helped the Millers to a 3-1 win.

It was his first appearance after 352 days on the sidelines and having played 82 minutes it was more than he had managed at any previous point in his rehabilitation.

Luckily his knee, which needed surgery after cruciate ligament damage, felt good, meaning Proctor could take pleasure in feeling stiff elsewhere.

He said: “I feel good, I feel really well. Before the game I didn’t know how I would come off feeling, it is the longest I have played but I have come off feeling fine, my knee is fine.

“I have aches and pains everywhere else but that is normal and in a way it’s nice to be honest because I have not had those for 12 months, so to feel like a footballer again is a nice feeling.”

Proctor’s recovery has been a gruelling and lengthy, but not a lonely one.

While injured players are often marginalised at clubs and often forgotten about, boss Paul Warne did not allow that to happen at the Millers, with Proctor kept part of the group.

Warne even allowed Proctor to lead the side out at Wembley in the play-off final and the striker insist that was pivotal to his recovery.

“I don’t think I would have been able to do it and manage it as well as I have anywhere else,” he added.

“Usually as an injured player you are cast aside because you are not needed. On a match day the players and staff don’t really need you so you are put aside until you are ready.

“That has not been the case here, you are always kept involved, always feel part of it and that is something that stands you in good stead for when you do come back in to the group.”

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