"I hope I can repay that on the pitch!" Jake Wright says he owes Boston United for their support during injury nightmare

Striker signs deal with Pilgrims following two successful loan spells...

Jake Wright.

There was only one club Jake Wright wanted to sign for when he made his long-awaited return from injury.

And the striker's wish came true on Thursday as he rejoined Boston United.

It has been five months since the 24-year-old last played competitive football, limping out of the play-off final as the Pilgrims were beaten 1-0 by Altrincham in August.

But following his long road to recovery the former Sheffield United and York City player is back at Boston where he enjoyed two fruitful loan spells, raring to go and eager to repay the club for their support.

After being released by the Minstermen in the summer, Wright has been working with Pilgrims sports rehabilitator Hayden Clifton as he looked to get back to full fitness, later training with manager Craig Elliott's side.

"One of the main reasons I signed was how the fans had treated me over the 18 months I'd been there on loan," said Wright, who has been inundated by support from United fans during his rehab.

"It's a great fanbase, and the gaffer's looked after me and believed in me from day one.

Jake Wright celebrates at Alfreton last season. Photo: Eric Brown

"In my head I had no thought to go anywhere other than Boston once I was fit, he's shown a lot of faith in me and looked after me.

"Last season he looked after me when I was injured and on loan, so I owe him a lot and I hope I can repay that on the pitch with what I can do."

Wright may be something of a wind-up merchant and quick to give opponents and officials a piece of his mind, but the striker genuinely enjoys his football.

And he can't wait to get going once more with a club that feels like home, after being made surplus to requirements at Bootham Crescent.

Causing problems at Southport during his first Pilgrims loan. Photo: Eric Brown

"I've had a tough two years," he added. "At York it was a difficult time for myself on and off the pitch, but coming to Boston I feel like I can enjoy my football.

"They're a great club and the new stadium, and the way things are going, I can see the club going on to bigger things and I want to be a part of that."

Wright's appearance in the final game at York Street may not have ended how he wanted, but he can't wait to get going at the Jakemans Community Stadium after getting his first glance when warming up with the squad prior to the recent 2-2 draw with Kettering Town.

"I was gobsmacked, it's unbelievable," Wright said of the stadium.

After scoring against Kettering last season.

"It shows the ambition and what the club has set out to do. The players they've got this season, they want to get promoted and we want to kick on."

Wright, who has scored 10 times in 29 appearances for Boston, was hoping to return to competitive action this afternoon at Alfreton, but the contest was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

"It's been a long time coming," Wright said.

"I was hoping to get 20 minutes or so and get back into the swing of things and a routine but, unfortunately, with the weather, you can't help that can you. We've just got to get on with it.

It's massive for me (to be back). When I got the injury initially I didn't think it'd be too bad, a couple of weeks.

"But I got the worst news possible and it's been a long, hard journey to get where I am now. I can't wait to get back and I want to be a part of that on that pitch and do what I know I can do."

In action against Curzon Ashton.

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