Salmon: We’re raring to go
AFC defender Ryan Salmon says the side are ready to return to league action against Water United on Saturday.
Before the lockdown, Sean Horrocks’ men won back-to-back games against Old Blackburnians and Todmorden Borough.
AFC are third in the table – just two points behind joint leaders Lymm and Oldham Hulmeians.
“I think we can really go on a run and make a name for ourselves,” said Salmon.
“We’ve definitely got the squad – we’ve got two or three players for each position. I don’t think any other squad is going to have that depth.
“It’s a shame we had to stop because we’d just hit a good run of form.
“But Sean (Horrocks) has set us running targets and everyone has kept fit, so hopefully we can pick up where we left off.”
Salmon – a former player and manager at Burnley United – joined AFC over the summer after taking a break from playing due to his health.
“I was born with cystic fibrosis so the older I was getting, the more unfit I was getting and it was getting me down,” he said.
“I stopped playing Saturdays and stuck to management. My head wanted to play but obviously my body wouldn’t do it.
“This year, I was one of the first people to start a new drug and my lung capacity went from 25% to 56%, which is a massive difference.
“I saw Sean had started at a new team and messaged him saying, ‘do you need any new players?’
“He invited me down and I wasn’t sure if I’d made the right decision at first because it was hard work. But now I’m feeling good and it’s great to be involved again.”
Salmon has become a regular starter in defence since joining AFC, and is impressed with the standard of the squad.
He believes the club can become a success story in years to come.
“I think Sean and the management team have done an absolutely fantastic job,” added Salmon.
“As for the lads, I’ve never met a group like them. Nobody complains when they’re not in the squad – they all understand and even come to watch.
“Everybody seems to be going in the right direction and everything around the club seems to be improving all the time.”