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Posted Friday, January 4th 2019

‘The best I have felt in a long time’ – Wright

Club captain Bailey Wright has thanked his fellow teammates and staff who have helped him on his nine-month journey to recovery.

Wright came off the bench in City’s New Year’s Day win at Stoke City; his first appearance for the first team since April last season.

Injury cut short his 2017/18 season and led to the defender missing out on a place in Australia’s World Cup squad.

His road to full fitness has been a long one but Wright could now feature against Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup this weekend, after a solid display at the bet365 Stadium on Tuesday.

“I hadn’t played since April, it’s a long time so to be back out on the pitch was a nice feeling,” Wright told BCTV.

“It was a tough game [at Stoke] so to come away with a win as well gives me a massive boost of confidence. After being out for so long, sometimes things run through your mind such as ‘will I remember what’s it like to play again', after nine months or so.

“The lads made it easy for me, I’ve had a lot of good people around me at the club - all the people who don’t get the credit, who have helped me a long the way – I’ve felt ready for a while, it was nice to be back out there and I need to keep looking forward now.”

The Socceroos international says he is now feeling the best he has done for some time, with final preparations for the FA Cup Third Round clash now under way.

Bails is back...the defender marked his return with a win and clean sheet on New Year's Day

"I’ve felt ready for a while, it was nice to be back out there and I need to keep looking forward now."

Bailey Wright

Wright said: “Physically I felt good. When you’ve been injured for so long you give yourself a platform, a reset button for your body, you reassess, get the injury out of the way and then get your body back to its best condition, so physically I feel the best I have been for a long time.

“I have been training for a good number of weeks now, I’ve prepared by playing with the Under-23s and the gaffer (Lee Johnson), Deano (Dean Holden), Macca (Jamie McAllister) and Rhys (Rhys Carr) have been brilliant in getting me back up to match speed.

“The physios and strength and conditioning team have helped me so a lot of credit goes to them. A lot of it is down to being mentally ready and I’ve been ready a while.”

The skipper also revealed that confidence in the camp is “sky-high” as City head into their cup clash with the Terriers off the back of eight matches unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship.

Wright continued: “Our all-round game has got stronger, with and without the ball, our discipline and team identity has got stronger. In the Christmas period the season can go either way; a poor run can lead to trouble but a good run, like we have been on, you find yourself heading into the right direction and momentum can carry you through.

“Our confidence is sky-high going into the second half of the season and the buzz around the place and in training is there and we’re all excited for this second half of the season.”

The defender is in line to play in tomorrow’s FA Cup fixture against David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town. The match at Ashton Gate kicks-off at 5.30pm.

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