Midfielder has high hopes for the season ahead
Patience is a virtue - and never has that been more so than in the case of Millwall midfielder Richard Chaplow, who put a frustrating spell on the sidelines behind him with a return to first-team action against Southampton on Tuesday night.
Although The Lions were unable to progress through to tonight's Capital One Cup Third Round draw, there were plenty of positives to come out of the game for Chaplow.
The 29-year-old received a warm reception from both sets of fans, having played a key role for Saints when they secured back-to-back promotions to the Premier League in 2012.
Chaplow said: "First and foremost, we have lost the game and we're obviously disappointed with that. It was two sloppy goals really and up until that first goal we were very much in the match, so we're disappointed with the way we conceded it.
"However at the end we finished with four young lads on the pitch, which is good to see and great for the future of the club.
"Jack (Powell) was very composed, which is very much how he is. He's a very laid back character and he'll be one to watch for the future
"From a personal point of view it was great to be back out on the pitch and great to play against Southampton, where I had so many great memories.
"It's been a while; I have trained frequently from the back end of last season and all the way through pre-season so it was frustrating to pick up that little niggle before the game against Leeds.
"That's where I want to be, that's what I love doing and what I've been working towards for so long after that Achilles injury – and obviously there was that extra bit of spice playing against so many of my good friends."
"When I was at Southampton it was a special time to be involved and now I want to emulate that at Millwall. Hopefully we can push on this season.
"It's been a good start - it was a little bit disappointing at the weekend but we didn't do ourselves any harm on Tuesday with a changed XI and a new system. It's all to play for against Blackpool on Saturday."