Lowestoft Town midfielder Dale Cockrill hopes he is finally over the back problems that saw him spend much of last season on the sidelines.

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The midfielder has played a key part in the Blues’ impressive start to the season, notching two goals in the process, and Cockrill believes he has finally got to the bottom of the problems that deprived the club of one of its key players last season.

“Touch wood I’m not getting any problems with my back at the moment so it’s looking all right,” he said. “The physios have given me a lot of core work to do and it seems to be working.

“I have to do the exercises every night and it’s just about strengthening my core muscles and it’s really helped.

“Last season was horrible but in pre-season I’ve done well and got myself fit again – I’m picking up a few knocks but I’ll be all right.”

Cockrill hailed the current Blues squad as the finest he has been a part of at Crown Meadow and is backing the club to be in the promotion mix once again at the end of the season.

“We’ve started the season well – we just need to maintain what we’ve started,” he added.

“Since I’ve been here it’s the strongest squad that we’ve had. There’s cover for every single position – we’ll definitely be up there again and hopefully this time we can get it done without going through the play-offs.”

Cockrill’s resurgence has added yet more competition for places in the Blues squad and he is well aware he must maintain the form he has shown so far if he is to stay in the side.

Andrew Fisk returned from suspension at the weekend and with the likes of Aaron Jones, Scott Mitchell, Robert Eagle and Stuart Ainsley all preferring a central midfield berth, competition is fraught.

“There’s a lot of competition and everyone wants to be in the team obviously,” he said. “But you’ve just got to focus on what you’re doing and hopefully that’s good enough to stay in the side.”

Jack Defty gave another demonstration against Harrow on Saturday of what he can offer the Blues this season and Cockrill admitted to really enjoying playing with the summer signing from King’s Lynn Town.

“He relieves the pressure from the back four – we know that if we’re under pressure we can just get it out to him and he will be able to hold it up and bring others into play.

“Everyone can move around him and if he can get it wide then he’s just got to get in the box. I’m sure he will get a lot of goals for us this season.”

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