The last time we saw Ali Heard, was when he and fellow co-captain Cam Curry lift the National 2 North trophy, moments after Hull beat neighbours Ionians with the final play of the game to clinch the title. It can’t have been easy for the centre who missed the second half of the season because of a knee injury. Watching his team-mates win the league was some consolation for Heard, who is back training. As to when he could be considered for first team duties, Heard is prepared to play the patience game.
“Rehab has been going well,” Heard said.
“It was pretty slow process at first, but now that I’m able to be a bit more active, it’s going really well.
“The injury was a MPFL rupture (Medial Patellofemoral Ligament).
“It holds the knee cap from the inside and keeps it tracking in the groove when you are moving the joint.
“It was really tough at the back end of last season to miss the end of the season and sit on the sidelines watching.
“But it was great to see that lads doing so well.
“I don’t have an exact date as to when I’ll be fit.
“After being out for such a long time, I’ve learned to take each day as it comes.
“And what will be, will be, rather than fixating on the end goal which is to get back on the pitch.”