WEALDSTONE striker Callum Martin says he is playing each game as if its his last after revealing his injury hell almost forced him to quit football last year.
The pacy forward hit his fifth goal in as many games in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Cray Wanderers and is starting to look every inch the player he was before a succession of injuries restricted him to very few appearances in recent seasons.
He failed to keep his purple patch going in Tuesday’s 1-0 triumph against Hastings United, Stones’ first home win of 2010, but again showed the tenacity that has dragged him through those lonely months on the sidelines.
The 23-year-old revealed he would have hung up his boots had his twin brother Carl not inspired him to continue after sealing a move to League Two side Crewe Alexandra last October.
"I found it hard to get back into the swing of things and often questioned whether it was worth it every day," said Callum.
"People would ask when I was coming back and I had to try and convince myself that is what I wanted.
"Gordon Bartlett [Stones manager] and Mick Johnson [coach] kept on my case 24/7 as I really lost my drive to play football. I felt like I was letting everyone at the club down.
"But when my brother made it as a ‘pro’ it got me thinking, and that was the main reason I came back. It told me we are both good enough to play at a higher level and now I’ve got to follow suit and prove it. If it wasn’t for him making it, I wouldn’t be playing now."
Now displaying no signs of the hamstring and groin trouble that plagued him for so long, Martin is aiming to get into double figures as the race for the Ryman Premier play-offs hots up.
"I’m over the moon with the goals," he added. "I’m still missing the sort of chances that I would have scored easily four or five years ago.
"I’m still physically struggling a little bit but I only played four or five games a season in the past five years. Now I’m having a good run in the side and am playing each game like it is my last. I’m getting a taste for it again."